Honda has developed a short range ‘Micro Commuter’ electric vehicle for use by Japanese confectionary maker, Toshimaya. The car is a joint development with Kabuku Inc., and is based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of variable design platform. The car was unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2016.
The vehicle uses a chassis constructed from Honda’s pipe frame structure, and 3D printing techniques have been used to create the exterior panels and luggage space. The Micro Commuter is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short-range trips up to approximately 80 km (50 miles) and is used on the MC- β ultra compact EV in Japan.
The power output stands at 11 kW or 15 PS while the vehicle weighs nearly 600 kgs. The top speed is rated at 43 mph or 70 kph. Charging speed depends on the power source. So while a AC200V output can charge the vehicle under 3 hours, a AC100V can take under 7 hours.
This unique car differs from other examples of Honda micro EVs in providing space for a driver only and a generous space to carry deliveries of sweet treats. It will conduct local deliveries of Toshiyama’s most famous product, dove shaped shortbread, ‘Hato sablé’’.
|Maximum output||11 kW (15 DIN hp)|
|Top Speed||70 km/h (43 mph)|
|Charging speed||Under 3 hours (using AC200V)
Under 7 hours (using AC100V)