Well, it’s time for this year’s Geneva Motor Show and as always there’s a great number of new concept models, most of which pretty useless frankly, queuing up behind the doors. This weird thing you see here is Honda’s new show car to be unveiled in Geneva. It’s not a car really, and you can’t call it a bike either. This three-wheeled electric scooter is a new urban mobility solution.
And as you expect it’s full of clever ideas. The 3R-C has a clear canopy that covers the driver’s seat while it is parked and not in use. When 3R-C vehicle is in motion, the canopy becomes an enveloping wind-shield. The driver is also protected by the doors and the bodywork.
The high sides of the safety shell seat give greater safety to the occupant, reducing the threat from side impacts and improving weather protection. In front of the driver is a lockable boot area, which gives significant secure storage for luggage or other items. The 3R-C’s designers created a flexible cover that surrounds the upper torso to reduce exposure to bad weather and improving comfort.
Also at Geneva Show Honda will be showing the EV-N concept, which has only previously been shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and a pair of the FCX Clarity. The EV-N is a battery electric vehicle study, which evokes the spirit of the diminutive 1967 N360 city car. Honda designers have incorporated Honda’s own solar panels in to the roof of the concept, to charge the car while it is parked. Two of Honda’s U3-X, electric personal mobility devices are attached to the inside of each door. The two-door EV-N concept is envisioned with a Lithium ion battery pack, and small electric motor for predominantly urban use.