Honda Unveils Micro-sized Electric Vehicle "Micro Commuter
Prototype" - Demonstration Testing Begins in 2013 Using Vehicles
that Adopt the "Variable Design Platform" -
TOKYO, Japan, November 13, 2012 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled
the Micro Commuter Prototype, a micro-sized short distance EV
commuter. This vehicle was developed in consideration of the vehicle
categories for micro-sized mobility products that are currently being
discussed under the initiative of the Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan as well as for the
regulations for the L7 category*1 in Europe.
Using vehicles based on this prototype model, Honda will begin
demonstration testing in Japan in 2013. The demonstration testing will
verify the potential of the vehicle in various uses including
supporting everyday short-distance transportation for families with
small children and for senior citizens, home delivery services,
commuting and car sharing.
Advancing the Micro Commuter Concept that was first introduced at the
Tokyo Motor Show 2011, this prototype model realized a cabin space to
seat one driver and two children*2 in the micro-sized body.
The adoption of the Variable Design Platform positions components such
as the battery, motor and control unit under the floor and in the rear
space to concentrate the vehicle driving functions into a compact
space. This made it comparatively easier to develop and produce a body
and interior that accommodates various uses and customers' needs than
Other features of this model include the use of a user-owned tablet
device for the application of functions such as meter display,
navigation, audio and back-up camera display, and the ability to
charge the battery of the tablet using solar cells mounted on the
vehicle roof. Moreover, Honda is continuing research of onboard solar
cells to provide solar energy to assist the driving.
Furthermore, through collaboration with the Honda Smart Home System
(HSHS) that has already begun demonstration testing in the city of
Saitama in Japan, Honda is planning to verify the CO2 reduction effect
from the optimized energy management in everyday life and the values
this vehicle can provide for customers when it is used not only as an
EV but also as a household battery.
Striving to continue proposing next-generation mobility products which
expand the joy and fun of mobility while minimizing the environmental
footprint, Honda will remain committed to proactive research and
development of such technologies and products.
*1 One of the motorcycle categories in Europe. An EV in this category
must weigh 400 kg or less excluding the weight of the battery and have
output of 15 kW or less.
2 By changing the rear seat, it is possible to seat one driver and
one adult passenger.
Key Specifications of Micro Commuter Prototype
Vehicle size (length × width × height) 2,500 × 1,250 × 1,445 (mm)
Maximum speed 80 km/h
Maximum range Approximately 60 km
Charging time Less than 3 hours
Battery type Lithium-ion battery
Maximum output 15 kW
* Honda plans to make necessary adjustments to comply with relevant
laws and regulations.
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