How the Honda EV-STER Works

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The Honda EV-STER Concept
The Honda EV-STER Concept
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Designers of concept cars love to incorporate new technologies into their design and even add a few technology features that might not technically exist yet. Not everything will make it into the production model, but the idea behind it is to infuse new ideas into car creation that will expand all of our expectations. The EV-STER is no different.

Let's start with the steering controls. Instead of a traditional steering wheel, the EV-STER is driven using two joysticks that pivot from front to back. Honda calls the system twin-lever steering and it's designed to keep the driver from fighting the g-force while turning the car.

When you make a turn in your car, you twist the steering wheel in the direction you want to go, but as you make the turn, inertia causes force against you and the car as you turn the wheel, making it harder to turn the wheel. The twin lever steering system eliminates this by cutting out the steering wheel's resistance and using two joysticks that can either be pushed or pulled.

When making a left-hand turn you push the right joystick and pull the left one towards you. To make a right-hand turn you would do the opposite. It's not likely that this system will make it into the production version, but it's a good example of Honda's commitment to innovation.

Honda did add some tech ideas to the EV-STER that are already on the market today, like electronic adjustment of the suspension and the engine's performance. The driver can choose a more sporty or comfortable suspension and also adjust how the engine performs. A digital display shows the car's electric charge range, time until empty and other accessory information.

The accessories and the climate control system in the EV-STER are powered by small solar panels on the dashboard. And just in case you need to take a little break from driving this high-tech sports car, the EV-STER comes equipped with Internet access as well.

All this technology is great, but how does it move? Let's go on to the next page to learn about the EV-STER engine.