‘micro commuter’ concept by honda
honda‘s ‘micro commuter’ concept car, on exhibition at the tokyo motor show 2011, is a three-seater urban electric vehicle
designed technologically to satisfy the needs of city drivers and aesthetically to offer increased customizability.
the vehicle measures 8 feet long by 4.1 feet wide and 4.6 feet tall (2.5 x 1.25 x 1.4 meters LWH), slightly shorter
than a smart fortwo. it is powered by a 16.7 kW electric motor with 3.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, offering a maximum
speed of about 37mph (60km/h) and a range of approximately 37 miles (60km). a full battery charge is attained
in under an hour with a standard 200-volt electrical outlet.
inside, the driver is centered in front of the dashboard console, where a steering wheel has been replaced by twin
joystick-like levers. additionally, various car functions can be accessed and monitored remotely via smartphone application.
a loop battery mounted in the car’s rear is charged via regenerative breaking, powering the vehicle’s onboard systems.
the device can also be removed and used separately to power personal electronics. the ‘micro commuter’ is also designed
to integrate seamlessly with honda’s ‘motor compo’ concept: keep posted to designboom where tomorrow you can learn
more about this electric bike!
3/4 rear view
front view, with display panel activated
interior view of front cabin
view of dashboard
interchangeable panels offer users the option to customize their vehicles at will
the ‘micro commuter’ also features interchangeable panels that insert into its front and sides
that offer users the capability to customize their car’s detailing to any 2D graphic pattern.
‘loop battery’ with charging ports
detail of lights