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Honda unveils Micro Commuter Prototype semi-modular EV
In brief: Honda has revealed a new micro-concept car that will be undergoing real-world testing in Japan next year.
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Make/Model: Micro Commuter Prototype
The prototype is a next-generation of the Micro Commuter Concept shown in 2011 at the Tokyo Motor Show. It's an electric car meant to both participate in an initiative of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan as well as the Eurozone's new L7 quadricycle category.
The Micro Commuter Prototype has a maximum speed of 50 mph, a range of about 37 miles per charge, and a battery output of 15kW (the limit for an L7 compliant vehicle). Charge time is about 3 hours.
The prototype is semi-modular in that its cockpit and cabin can be build in different versions at the factory using the same platform, which lets the car become any of a number of fleet, service, commuter, or personal vehicle choices without major changes to the basic platform itself.
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This Variable Design Platform is a good idea, even for a low-speed vehicle such as this, as it makes it much more versatile and opens the vehicle to larger markets.
Photo credits: Honda
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