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Tokyo Motor Show EV Roundup

A look at the EV concepts unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show…

A number of electric vehicle concept cars were unveiled at the 45th annual Tokyo Motor Show. Here’s a rundown of some of the noteworthy, and arguably most radical, to have debuted at this year’s show.

Honda Sports EV Concept

Following its Urban EV concept shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Honda unveiled another electric car, this time the Sports EV Concept, which combines EV performance with artificial intelligence.

Featuring the Honda Automated Network Assistant, the two-seat retro-styled car uses an “emotion engine” that gauges the feelings behind each driving decision.

While few details have been released, Honda said in a statement that it aims to “realize the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the car.”

The manufacturer hasn’t yet said if the car will eventually go into production.

Nissan IMx zero-emission Concept

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Nissan took the wraps off its all-electric crossover concept vehicle, the IMx, which offers fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers.

The IMx is powered by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, producing 320 kW of power and 700 Nm of torque.

The unveil came alongside Nissan’s announcement that it will enter the FIA Formula E Championship beginning late next year, becoming the first Japanese manufacturer to do so.

“The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice-President for Global Marketing and Sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business.

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond.”

Nissan Leaf NISMO Concept

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Aimed to bring performance to the world’s best-selling EV, Nissan also presented the Leaf NISMO concept.

The car, based on the new-generation Leaf that debuted last month, features a sport-tuned suspension, high performance tires and custom-tuned computer that delivers “instant” acceleration at all speeds.

NISMO’s influence is also evident on the car’s design, with an all-new exterior and enhanced aero performance.

Nissan said there are currently no plans to put the Lead NISMO into production.

Toyota Concept-i

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Toyota provided further details on its Concept-i series of battery electric vehicles, initially unveiled at the CES technology show in January.

The vehicles run on artificial intelligence systems to “to anticipate people’s needs, inspire their imaginations and improve their lives.”

“At Toyota, we recognize that the important question isn’t whether future vehicles will be equipped with automated or connected technologies,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota. “It is the experience of the people who engage with those vehicles.

“Thanks to Concept-i and the power of artificial intelligence, we think the future is a vehicle that can engage with people in return.”

Three models: the Concept-i four-seat sedan, Concept-i RIDE two-seat city car and Concept-i WALK, for pedestrian areas, were presented.

Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride 

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Toyota’s increasing focus on fuel-cell technology continues with the Fine-Comfort Ride, a high-performance luxury sedan.

The concept features a fuel-cell stack at the front, connected to fuel tanks underneath the floor to power the 310 kW electric powertrain, which can reportedly do 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph.

The manufacturer says it can go 620 miles on one tank of hydrogen fuel.

Toyota unveiled a total of seven concept vehicles at the show, including the Sora concept fuel-cell bus.

Mitsubishi E-Evolution

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The Mitsubishi E-Evolution is the Japanese manufacturer’s first performance vehicle to use EV technology.

The hybrid crossover concept features three electric motors, two mounted at the rear, with the battery located in the middle of the car and under the floor, aimed to improve its center of gravity.

Like Honda’s Sports EV concept, the car utilizes artificial intelligence to monitor the driver’s behavior and offer advise to improve driving technique.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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