Honda Micro Commuter EV

Honda has revealed the Micro Commuter Prototype, a diminutive electric vehicle that could provide some direct competition for the Renault Twizy.

Based around an under-floor lithium-ion battery pack and 20 bhp (15 kW / 20 PS) motor, the anticipated top speed is a fairly respectable 50 mph (80 km/h). However, an expected range of around 40 miles (60 kilometres) and a three-hour recharge time will probably restrict its use to short urban journeys only.

Honda Micro Commuter Prototype (2012) Front Side

The cabin is designed to carry two adults in tandem or, with a different rear seat unit, one adult and two children. Control of the audio and navigation systems and display of various vehicle functions is via a removable tablet device, which is itself recharged via roof-mounted solar cells.

Engineered in response to a Japanese government initiative for mobility products, the Micro Commuter would also comply with European L7 regulations making it, like the Twizy, a quadricycle rather than a car.

Honda Micro Commuter Prototype (2012) Platform Schematic

Testing of the Micro Commuter Prototype is due to begin in Japan next year, but Honda has yet to announce any firm production plans.

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