Honda Micro Commuter Prototype Unveiled


  • Honda Micro Commuter Prototype

    Honda Micro Commuter Prototype

    The Honda Micro Commuter Prototype was unveiled on Tuesday. | November 13, 2012

2 Photos

Just the Facts:
  • The Honda Micro Commuter Prototype is a short-distance electric vehicle aimed at small families and senior citizens, the automaker said on Tuesday.
  • The Micro Commuter Prototype has a maximum speed of 50 mph and a range of about 37 miles.
  • Honda said the concept includes a tablet device that can be charged by solar cells mounted on the vehicle's roof.

TOKYO — The Honda Micro Commuter Prototype is a short-distance electric vehicle aimed at small families and senior citizens, the automaker said on Tuesday.

The Micro Commuter Prototype has a maximum speed of 50 mph and a range of about 37 miles. It uses a lithium-ion battery and has a charging time of less than three hours, said Honda. Maximum output is the equivalent of about 20 horsepower.

Honda said the concept includes a tablet device that can be charged by solar cells mounted on the vehicle's roof. The tablet accesses such functions as the audio and navigation systems.

Part of the thinking behind the concept is to allow Honda to continue its "research of onboard solar cells to provide solar energy to assist the driving," it said.

It also features a "variable design platform" that allows the reconfiguration of such parts as the battery, motor and control unit to customize the car for various uses and customer needs.

Honda said it will begin testing the car in Japan in 2013. Besides small families and seniors, Honda envisions using the EV concept for "home delivery services, commuting and car sharing," it said.

Edmunds says: Looks something like a golf cart with a two-tone paint job.

Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.

Other Vehicles to Consider...

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Marketplace

up2drive

Get Pre-Approved for a Loan


Car.com

Credit Problems?
We can help you get Financing!

ADVERTISEMENT