Honda’s All-Electric EV-STER

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on December 2nd, 2011

Our “round table” discussion on TopCar’s Porsche Panamera Stingray went so well that we’ve decided to hold another.

Introducing Honda’s all-new EV-STER, a rear-wheel drive electric roadster that’s smaller than a Mazda Miata, sportier looking than the Nissan 370Z and just as Earth-friendly as a tree.

The interior, however, is where it’s really at. Check out the 4 pictures we’ve included and tell us what you think in the comments section.

The Honda EV-STER is no sports car – it can only hit 99 mph and takes nearly 10 seconds to reach 60 mph. But it requires no gas and can travel up to 100 miles before needing to be recharged. That’s impressive.

What struck me the most, however, is the interior’s unique design. Forget the twin-lever steering wheel and computerized instrument panel. They’re cool, but I want to meet the designer who decided to keep the entire interior black except for the driver’s seat.

I love it. The color scheme puts all the focus on the driver – amplifying the whole cockpit experience. It may have been done before, but I’ve never seen it. No doubt, I’ll be looking to incorporate the look into a future project.

What do you think?

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3 Responses

  1. Naseem Muaddi says:

    I like the interior, its very modern. Having only the driver seat an entirely different color is very different, but it works. Although I have to say the seats don’t look very comfortable.

  2. Nadeem says:

    I agree. They don’t look very comfortable to me either. If this was a true sports car, I could understand the stiff-board seats – but this is a city cruiser. They should be a bit more plush. The color scheme, though, is pretty cool.

    Some interesting comments posted about this article in another upholstery forum:

    SHHR: I don’t know? I get what they’re trying to do in being different and promoting the whole “green” propaganda, but in a few years as the car starts getting regular wear and tear on it, I believe it’ll look like nothing more than the original seat wore out and the owner replaced it with a junkard unit that didn’t match but fits in place. – Kyle

    bobbin: It’s a clever way to fool the eye into telling the brain the available space is larger than it really is. In interior design the concept is called, “trompe l’oeil” (french for “fool the eye”). It’s clever and from a design standpoint allows a great deal of creativity.

    Personally, the design of the seats reminds me of medical equipment (think dentists, optometrists, and more specialized pieces for intimate examinations) but I tend to gravitate to more luxurious, plush interiors anyway (which would look silly in such limited space), so I my impression may be unfair.

    DB: The program supporting the car’s production is primarily centered around economy, reliability, and cost; logically thinking. Otherwise no one would want this car if it didn’t first meet those primary parameters.

    It comes off too cramped and too spartan and too much so to expect design to overshadow those negatives.

    In short the car will not likely appeal to a mature market. – Doyle

    Vtool: This new honda looks like a modern Honda del sol. the seat color difference is unique. has anyone noticed how all new foreign sedans , have alot of styrofoam in bottoms and rear wings ? also airbags in rear wings in new camary’s.

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