TOKYO, Japan – Honda has developed a short-range Micro Commuter battery vehicle for Japanese confectionery maker, Toshimaya.
It’s a joint development with Kabuku based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of a variable design platform. The car was recently unveiled at a technical show in Japan.
The vehicle has a chassis made of Honda’s rigid but light pipe-frame structure and used 3D printing to make the body panels.
The Micro Commuter is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short trips up to about 80km, and differs from other examples of Honda micro EV’s in that it has space only for a driver – though generous space for deliveries of sweet treats.
It will deliver Toshiyama’s most famous product, dove-shaped shortbread.
Overall length: 2495mm; Overall width: 1280mm; Overall height: 1545mm; Overall weight: 600kg; Maximum output: 11kW; Top speed: 70km/h
Recharge times: Less than three hours (AC200V) or less than seven hours AC100V)