Honda has unveiled a range of electrified products including both cars and motorcycles at this year’s Tokyo motor show.
The overall chief attraction appeared to be the new Sports EV Concept, a concept model which combines “EV performance and artificial intelligence” inside a compact, 2-door coupé body that evolves the design language first exhibited on the Urban EV Concept – a hatchback-style supermini unveiled just a month ago at the Frankfurt motor show.
Together, the two vehicles indicate the technology and design directions for the Japanese brand’s future mass-production EV models, with a new car based on the Urban EV Concept already having been confirmed for production in 2019.
However, as yet, no specific powertrain details have been disclosed for either concept.
On the two-wheel front, Honda has exhibited two noteworthy concept models in Tokyo, namely, the “Riding Assist-e” and “Neo Sports Café”.
The former is an experimental motorcycle developed by applying proprietary balance control technologies that Honda has amassed through its research in the field of robotics. Company engineers say their main aim for this model is to mitigate the risk of a fall. The electric bike therefore has the ability to automatically balance itself at very low speeds, as well as being able to remain totally upright even when at a standstill. There’s also an autonomous-riding feature that enables the bike to drive along without any rider upon its back.
The Neo Sports Café, meanwhile, is a concept model for a retro-styled naked sport model that combines the “fun and beauty of a sport bike with a new-generation motorcycle package”. If the bike was to ever enter into production, which Honda has yet to confirm, it would likely be as a CB1000-based model that would compete against the likes of the BMW R nine T and Triumph Thruxton.