The future of electric vehicles is truly upon us. All signs point to this generation of cars being the last to be pure gasoline cars. Although there is still a life cycle of about eight years for the current golden age of internal combustion, automakers are only just beginning to lay out concrete plans for the next generation of products. With that, the rumor comes to life, and the latest news comes from Honda: the Prelude could return as an electric vehicle.
Japanese edition Best car reported on rumors of future Honda EVs, including some Japanese-only cars, the Prelude and the upcoming NSX. Less spicy rumors include a new Honda ZR-V, which resembles the US-market HR-V, a slightly larger SUV, and a small pickup truck called the Freed. Everything will be powered by a hybrid powertrain. The most interesting (and speculative) of the lot are the Prelude and the NSX. We’ve reached out to Honda to comment on the rumors and will update when we hear more.
Still, there are small bits of information to digest here. Honestly, it’s a lot of stuff that makes up all the EV rumors. According best car, the NSX will be an all-wheel-drive, solid-state battery-powered supercar intended to compete with the yet-to-be-announced next-generation Nissan GT-R. Reading between the lines, the most interesting part concerns solid-state batteries. According to the report by our editor, Jerry Perez, Honda believes that solid-state batteries are key to the performance of electric vehicles like a future Civic Type R.
The following Prelude rumor contains about as much concrete information. I’ll be frank, I’m skeptical that Honda would do this. As a business plan, it could only be viable as a flagship or heavily split parts car. Believe me, I’d love to see the couple sleeper ‘Lude return, but I’ll believe it when I see it. The market fluctuates with its desires, and sporty compact coupes haven’t returned since their death in the late ’90s. Perhaps it might even return as a performance hybrid. Honda itself has declared its intention: carbon neutrality, not an outright line of electric vehicles.
Either way, I won’t be right or wrong until 2028. But maybe there’s hope that Honda will build a cool EV coupe for people like you and me.