Like the Renault Twizy (and Nissan’s version being called the New Mobility Concept for now), Honda’s Electric Micro Commuter concept is a tiny electric vehicle that uses a 15 kW electric motor powering the rear wheels and a small lithium-ion battery pack that provides a range of up to 40 miles.
That’s the sort of vehicle that is ideally suited to short, highly trafficked commutes often found in Japan. Unlike the Twizy, however, Honda’s Micro Commuter has doors to help keep out the elements.
Honda has test set to begin later this year and data from the usage patterns of those vehicles will influence future production vehicles.
Honda joins rival Toyota who recently displayed the i-Road concept, and Volkswagen, Audi, and Opel who have all unveiled single or twin-seat microcars in recent years.