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Honda EV-STER does the electric boogaloo

A small, attractive, lightweight electric sports car. Sounds like something that might inject some verve back into the Honda brand. If it ever builds it, that is.

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Derek Fung

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Gimme some "e"

A small, attractive, lightweight electric sports car. Sounds like something that might inject some verve back into the Honda brand. If it ever builds it, that is.

The first batch of electric cars has failed to set the sales charts alight. Blame range anxiety, price and, maybe, a lack of driving excitement.

If this little roadster ever makes it down a production line, the latter might be solved.

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Charge on

It won't solve range anxiety issues, though; it's rated at 160km from a full charge.

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Itty bitty

At just 3.5m in length, the EV-STER is a slice shorter than the Mini.

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Wheely?

Instead of a regular circular steering wheel, you'll need to figure out how to use these two levers.

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Featherweight

Weight is said to be low, thanks to carbon fibre — how low, though, Honda won't say.

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Quickly now

Apparently the 58kW electric motor will power this rear-wheel drive sports car to 60km/h in five seconds dead.

Derek Fung travelled to the Tokyo Motor Show as a guest of Toyota.

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