Tokyo Motor Show Report: Honda

At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has a simple question: “What makes people feel good?” As the theme for their Tokyo display, the Japanese auto and motorcycle giant will answer the question by displaying three electric car concepts, three electric motorcycle concepts and another “mobility concept” they call the Townwalker.

Honda’s auto concepts include the AC-X, a next-generation plug-in hybrid the company said is versatile enough to use as an urban commuter or for longer distance trips. The sleek, conventional looking AC-X offers the choice of an “engine drive mode” for more aggressive driving or an “automatic drive mode” for more relaxed driving.

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Honda’s Small Sports EV Concept also builds on a conventional auto frame, with a low-slung chassis and aggressively modern lines. Honda says the Small Sports EV Concept will “maximize the fun of driving while achieving excellent environmental performance.”

With their Micro Commuter Concept, Honda takes a deep dive into the future. The tiny two-seater is built for urban commuting and features a glass-enclosed pod-like design, covered wheels and a compact footprint. Honda says that collaboration between Honda’s motorcycle and automobile R&D centers made it possible to load the Motor Compo two-wheel EV commuter in this vehicle.

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image via Honda

As for the two-wheel Motor Compo, Honda says it’s a “compact EV commuter which offers the casual and convenient mobility of a two-wheeler, but also strives to be useful even when it is not being ridden.” The Compo’s battery is detachable and designed to be used as a power source in everyday life.

If three electrified wheels is more your speed, Honda offers the e-Canopy, another stylishly utilitarian commuter that can be fitted with an optional trunk unit. Fans of four-wheel commuters might want to check out the Townwalker. Looking like a chaise lounge on wheels, the Townwalker offers, Honda says, “Urban mobility which pursues simplicity and nimbleness that enables anyone to enjoy mobility in urban areas more casually. It can easily be loaded on a car by folding away the steering and seat.”

If urban utility, comfort and a practical means of gentle conveyance simply do not excite you sufficiently, perhaps the new Honda electric sport bike will. Painted stop-sign red, the bike boasts 250 ccs of power, classic Honda styling and – we hope – powerful brakes.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.