Following an introduction at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011 Honda now reveals more details about its Micro Commuter Concept, a short distance EV commuter in the same class as stuff like the Smart EV and Renault Twizy, in near production trim.
This electric micro car is, apparently, designed for single mothers with two kids. It has one big seat in the middle for the driver, and two child seats at each sides of it. So practically it’s a one-seater car, if you can call it a car of course.
The Micro Commuter has a clever packaging though. The battery, motor and control unit are all located under the floor and in the rear space to concentrate the vehicle driving functions into a compact space. With a Lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged in about 3 hours, the Honda Micro thingy has a range of approximately 60 km, and can reach a top speed of 80 km/h.
It also comes with a tablet holder, into which you fit your own tablet. It will then enable 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.