Honda to Launch ‘0 Series’ EVs Globally in 2026

The new series' flagship model, the Saloon, is expected to be on sale in North America in 2026.

Honda's Saloon concept.

Honda announced its new global electric vehicle (EV) series, the "Honda 0 Series," set to launch in 2026. The announcement was made during the world premiere of two concept models, Saloon and Space-Hub, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024.

The Saloon, the flagship model of the Honda 0 Series, encapsulates the series' ethos of "Thin, Light, and Wise." It is built on a dedicated EV platform, embodying Honda's "man maximum/machine minimum" design philosophy. This results in a vehicle that boasts a low and wide exterior, yet surprises with a spacious interior. The use of sustainable materials throughout and the incorporation of an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) further underscore Honda's commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Adding to its appeal, the Saloon introduces new steer-by-wire and motion control management systems. These advancements, derived from Honda's extensive expertise in robotics, promise an enhanced driving experience, reaffirming the brand's dedication to the "joy of driving" in the EV era. A production model based on the Saloon concept is expected in North America by 2026.

The Space-Hub, developed under the theme of "augmenting people's daily lives," offers a vision of a vehicle that is more than just a means of transportation. It is envisaged as a 'hub' that connects people to each other and the wider world. Its design emphasizes space and visibility. The Space-Hub's flexible interior can adapt to various passenger needs, reflecting Honda's vision of vehicles that extend beyond traditional roles.

Honda also introduced a new Honda "H" mark, exclusively for its next-generation EV models. The redesigned logo, symbolizing two outstretched hands, represents Honda's ambition for a historic transformation and its continuous pursuit of new challenges.

The Honda 0 Series not only marks a new chapter in vehicle design but also in technological advancements, it will feature an advanced driver-assistive system (ADAS) and, later in the 2020s, next-generation automated driving (AD) features. These systems, developed with Honda's human-centric safety concept, will use AI, advanced sensing, recognition and driver monitoring technologies to offer natural and precise risk predictions. This approach aims to make AD features more accessible and comfortable for users.

In addition to these technological advancements, the Honda 0 Series will be characterized by enhanced aerodynamics and battery efficiency. The series will leverage Honda's motorsports heritage, including Formula 1 experience, to deliver a sporty driving experience. The e-Axles system, along with a high-density battery, promises ample power and range while maintaining a compact size. To address common concerns around EVs, Honda is also focusing on reducing charging times and minimizing battery degradation over time.

Honda's commitment to the "Art of Resonance" design philosophy, integrating the environment, society and users, is evident in the Honda 0 Series. This holistic approach ensures the vehicles not only meet but enhance the needs and expectations of consumers.

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