Honda has partnered with Italy’s Institute Europeo de Design (IED) to envision an all-electric city car of the future.
Dubbed “Tomo”, the car is a thesis project produced by 13 students who are all currently studying for a master’s degree in Transportation Design at an IED-run college in Turin (the course is supervised by none other than Pininfarina design boss, Luca Borgogno).
Honda’s design team, headed by Taku Kono, asked IED’s students to come up with a “fun” driving concept for young drivers in the year 2025.
Following what is described as “months of planning and extensive research”, Honda’s designers eventually selected the work of Mexican student Ricardo Alejandro Campos Ortega as the main idea for the vehicle’s exterior, and the work of India’s Rudraksh Banerjie as the concept idea for the interior. Both ideas were then further developed with input from the other students on the course.
Measuring 3997 mm long, 1893 mm wide, and 1556 mm high, Tomo, which means friend in Japanese, mixes the lines of a coupé with that of mini pick-up, and is described by its designers as being “halfway between a smart device and a mobility tool”.
Honda revealed the design study alongside another new concept car – the “e Prototype” (pictured in our gallery above) – at the annual Geneva car show last week.
The latter occasion was also used by the Japanese manufacturer to announce plans to move 100 per cent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025.
This new goal builds on the brand’s 2017 aim of two-thirds of its sales to be electrified by 2025.