Honda Micro Commuter Concept - 2011 Tokyo Auto Show
Previewing a vehicle that automaker is reportedly pondering for launch at the start of the next decade, the Honda Micro Commuter Concept is a lightweight 1+2 urban runabout with unconventional style and extensive personalization potential. The exterior panels of the Micro Commuter Concept can be easily modified through the use of various custom inserts and its bodywork -- including aero-faired fenders, a functional rear diffuser and a moveable element in its floor, add stability at speed -- although with a top end of just 27 mph, it's hard to imagine by exactly how much. Power for the electric motor in the Micro Commuter Concept comes from a 3.3kWh battery pack that can generate the equivalent of 22 horsepower, and recharging takes less than an hour on a 220V line.
Directional control for the Honda Micro Commuter Concept is accomplished via a yoke-type twin-lever system operated by the driver who sits in the center of the vehicle. While space in its minimalist interior is modest, there's enough to accommodate the latest iteration of Honda's Motor Compo electric mini scooter. In addition to providing an emergency backstop should the Micro Commuter Concept ever fully deplete its power while away from a charging station, this portable fold-up two wheeled EV features a removable battery pack that also can be used to power small electric devices.