Autocar is reporting that Honda is about to start testing prototypes of its Micro Commuter, a petite EV that'll do adorable battle with the Renault Twizy if it reaches production.

Honda first showed the Micro Commuter, a so called super-urban vehicle, in November. Like the Renault, it features a 1+1 setup, meaning there's a central seat up front and a small backseat behind it. Honda has designed the tandem runabout for versatility, featuring a body that can be adapted for everything from child hauling to elderly passengers.

A rear-mounted electric motor draws power from a 15-kilowatt, lithium-ion battery, granting it a top speed of 50 miles per hour. With 37 miles of range, the Micro Commuter could be a neat urban solution. That said, these were figures that were announced in November, so we wouldn't be surprised to see them change as Honda gathers data from its new prototype testing program.


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      skierpage
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you read Honda's own press release, this isn't testing prior to production, it's for an urban area to get money from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to "study usage patterns and needs of micro-sized mobility products as part of a social system". Most likely translation: yay, we found a use for our concept vehicle that generates green press. The Micro Commuter Prototype β comes from Honda Automobile. Meanwhile Honda Power Products has made noises about electric mobility, electric scooters, electric carts. I hope corporate politics doesn't kill both. Honda will have to forcibly retire all its engine engineers before it commits to electrification, and it doesn't seem to have any battery technology or production capability.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      The confusion grows... I guess Honda fans will have to accept the Accord V6 will be Honda's fastest "still being made" production car. They have to have seen Scions flop car, the IQ's numbers. It makes you wonder what the heck execs at Honda are thinking??
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I look at these lilliputian commuter-cars and imagine the applied physics in a 65 mph, 18-wheeler truck (80,000 #'s) v. micro (1,800 #'s), car crash. Not pretty. If this is the future, transportation officials must plan now to segregate traffic based upon vehicle mass.
        Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
        @Edsel
        So if everyone drove an 18-wheeler, we'll all be safe? Naturally, since traffic would move. That is, until someone comes out with a 19-wheeler, then everybody dies, obviously.
        Anderlan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        Motorcycles. You point is moot. Your future scenario is already past. Microcars are safer than motorcycles. They fit between the cycle and car categories. I specifically like them because they are motorcycles that keep **** off you.
        jimbob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        that thing doesn't do 65. Think Nanny running the kids to school in the gated community.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        An 18 wheeler, 44 tonne articulated truck striking at 65mph will demolish any vehicle smaller than itself and alnost certainly kill the occupants. Reality on Autoblog - who'd have thought?
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        80,000 lbs semi versus a 6,000 lbs Suburban = same result. I agree. Semis should be speed limited to 65 MPH and relegated to the right lane except for passing or allowing traffic to merge, and the rules should be strictly and severly enforced.
          Anderlan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hello, Brian
          I do like drafting (a safe distance!) behind a 75mph freighter. Low fuel, low stress cruising. Closest thing to autopilot.
      RICK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it have a golf bag rack option?
      Anderlan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Arg, I don't need a ton of range per day (few people do), but we in the US value our short interstate hops at 70mph even on very short trips. I'd love a 30 mile car-lette for $8k.
        Anderlan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Anderlan
        And I'm not gonna be a motorcycle guy. It's not happening.
      jboogiezx6
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should just make everyone drive go karts
      Neil Blanchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm going to assume there is a typo, and say the battery pack is 15kWh. What size is the electric motor - how many kW is it? Neil
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        @Neil Blanchard
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      raughle1
      • 1 Year Ago
      How wide is this thing? In California could I lane-split like a motorcycle?
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raughle1
        That only works if you're going 80-90mph.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raughle1
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      space
      • 1 Year Ago
      is this the one that hadn't been revealed a few weeks back and people were saying it might have some elements from that leaning concept they had? Guess they threw out the exciting bits.
        skierpage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @space
        You're thinking of "Nissan readying new urban EV, may have Land Glider or Qashqai guts." This is a Honda micro-commuter.
      Racerman967
      • 1 Year Ago
      As many cities like Denver, where I live, have a bustling downtown. This becomes a viable option for inclement weather, shopping trips and other situations where walking may not be an option. Many don't need a full sized car but would like something to get around in those conditions. This is viable.
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