Honda has unveiled their MC-?, ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Honda has unveiled their MC-β, ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Described as a "micro-sized short-distance EV commuter," the MC-β is a two-seater prototype that has plastic body panels and a "pipe frame" chassis that promises to be lightweight and rigid.

Motivation is provided by a lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that has a maximum output of 15 HP (11 kW). This enables the MC-β to hit a top speed in excess of 70 km/h (43 mph) and travel more than 80 km (49.7 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged in less than 3 hours with a 200V outlet and less than 7 hours with a 100V outlet.

Beginning later this month, the MC-β will be put through a series of field tests to "explore desirable usage patterns and needs for micro-sized mobility products as a part of a social system that will help promote city planning and address issues related to transportation of people in each community."

Honda micro electric commuter prototype unveiled, has an 80+ km range