Honda has unveiled the Micro Commuter Prototype, which 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. Advancing the Micro Commuter Concept that was first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011, this prototype model has space for one driver and two children in the micro-sized body.
Given its tiny size, the Micro Commuter Concept uses a Variable Design Platform that 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. The prototype also features 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.
The Micro Commuter Prototype has the ability to travel up to 30 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 50 mph. It takes less than three hours to recharge its lithium-ion battery. 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.
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