Honda has developed a production version of the Micro Commuter concept.
The Japanese brand is describing it as a “micro size, short distance, EV commuter” and was developed to be eligible for new micro vehicle categories that are under consideration for licensing by the Japanese government. It is indeed a micro car since it is just 2.5m long, 1.25m wide and 1.45m tall.
It has a rear-mounted electric motor matched to a 15 kW lithium-ion battery that should provide a maximum range of 37 miles (59 km/h) and a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). It was developed to accommodate a driver and two small kids sitting in the back, while conventional instrumentation and controls have been replaced by a clip-in tablet.
Other body styles of the Honda Micro Commuter will probably see the light of day since this model is based on a “variable design platform.”
An initial batch of prototypes will be tested next year in Japan.