Honda has developed a short-range Micro Commuter electric vehicle for use by Japanese confectionary maker, Toshimaya. The car is a joint development with Kabuku Inc. and is based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of variable design platform. The car was unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2016.
The vehicle uses a chassis constructed from Honda’s rigid but lightweight pipe frame structure, and 3D printing techniques created the exterior panels and luggage space. The 3D printed Micro Commuter is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short-range trips up to approximately 80 kilometres and is used on the MC-β ultra-compact EV in Japan.
This unique car differs from other examples of Honda micro EVs in providing space for a driver only and a generous space to carry deliveries of sweet treats. It will conduct local deliveries of Toshiyama’s most famous product, the dove-shaped shortbread called Hato Sablé.
Key specifications of the 3D printed Honda micro electric vehicle made for Toshiyama:
Length – 2495mm
Width – 1280mm
Height – 1545mm
Weight – 600kg
Maximum output – 11kW (15bhp)
Top speed – 70km/h
Charging time – Under 3 hours using AC200V; under 7 hours using AC100V
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