Great look... even aside from the sentimental connection for those of us of the right age. Fortunately, it is missing all the annoying little bits of junk that Japanese cars had back in the original Civic's day. A little leaner would be nice, but the reality of current styling is that it's going to look like a Civic that should go on a diet.
The show-car features are all amusing, and of course few if any would make it to production... fortunately!
On the other hand, the idea of EVs connected to the grid as energy storage devices - the Honda Power Manager - seems pointless to me. The things are available to provide power in the middle of the night, when it isn't needed. They're on the grid at the peak consumption time when commuters arrive home... with empty batteries. They are away from home for daytime demands - if they supply energy then, when do they get it back? Transferring energy collected from the grid at night to urban centres during the day just doesn't seem like much (if any) benefit for using up the cycle life of the cells.
But the power demand balancing feature is just PR noise. The car is a sensible size, and could be fun.
Of course how fun would depend on the design of the hardware, about which this article provides absolutely no information. For something that is supposed to be in production in two years, that's silly - production design must be almost entirely nailed down by now if they are serious about that date.
The Car and Driver, AutoBlog, and other articles are lacking actual photos (have just computer renderings), but show more. I didn't notice the lack of exterior mirrors until I saw the detail image of the camera/signal unit in the front fender at the door handle.
AutoBlog has another article with a photo from Frankfurt, like the Green Car Congress item and several others. But none have any real information.
Just a note about automotive history and styling, unrelated to EVs:
Some commenters to articles seem convinced that this is inspired by the first-generation VW Golf, which came out two years after the first-generation Civic. And it looks much more like the Civic (which itself was a development from the Honda Z600) than the Golf. This sort of comment identifies those who think they are auto enthusiasts, but really don't know anything!
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