2011 Honda Micro Commuter Concept
Honda has been developing micro-sized EVs for years now and we must admit that the Japanese company is making "progress" on this front. Just look at the 2011 concept and 2012 prototype and you'll see what we mean.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan is considering new categories for micro-sized vehicles like L7 in Europe (up to 400 kg of weight and 15 kW of power).
The latest edition, the MC-β, unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show can fits two adults and go up to 80 km. The electric motor is rated at 6 kW continuously and 11 kW peak. Its li-ion battery pack recharges in 3 hours from a 200 V outlet and 7 hours from a 100 V outlet.
2012 Honda Micro Commuter Prototype
This month, Honda will start field tests of MC-β jointly with Kumamoto Prefecture, Saitama City, and Miyakojima City in Japan:
"In these field tests, Honda and each partner will explore desirable usage patterns and needs for micro-sized mobility products as a part of a social system that will help promote city planning and address issues related to transportation of people in each community."
2013 Honda MC-β
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Key features of MC-β
- In the pursuit of Honda's philosophy for automobile design that puts the first priority on space for people, the MC-β provides cabin space that fits two adults comfortably as well as utility space inside the micro-sized body through adoption of an "offset seat layout."
- The micro-sized body, which is approximately 90 cm shorter than the body of a typical mini-vehicle, realized a minimum turning radius as short as 3.3 m to achieve outstanding ease-of-handling. Moreover, the MC-β features nimble driving performance unique to Honda EVs, offering a comfortable drive in a wide range of road conditions.
- The pipe frame body, which represents the application of motorcycle technology, realized a lightweight and yet rigid body.
- The use of a plastic outer panel made possible a bold exterior design, embodying a friendly design loved by people.
- An AC100V/AC200V charging system was adopted to shorten the charging time. The MC-β can be charged by using a conventional, public EV charging stand."