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Honda Reveals Micro Commuter Electric Car Prototype

Tokyo — Honda today revealed this tiny concept car that is appropriately named the Micro Commuter Prototype. It’s designed to fit new Japanese rules that create a class of car that bridges the gap between motorcycles and automobiles.

Honda previously unveiled a version of the Micro Commuter at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier this year, but that was a fanciful show car with a yoke instead of a real steering wheel. The Micro Commuter we saw in Japan looks much closer to a production-intent vehicle.

The car consists of a chassis that integrates a lithium-ion battery, 15-kW electric motor, and all the car’s suspension components. Various different body types can be bolted on top of that chassis, from the hatchback seen here to convertibles and even small pickup trucks. Honda says the Micro Commuter could manage a top speed of 50 mph and a driving range of 37 miles before it needs a three-hour charge. The teensy car measures just 98.4 inches long and 49.2 inches wide, and is said to weigh less than 880 pounds
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