Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro3
Honda Micro EV Ready For Road Tests In 2013
Based on a concept that debuted last year, the Micro Commuter Prototype measures just 98.4 inches long, and has seating for 3 adults (two up front, one in the back) or two adults and two children. Obviously, this isn’t meant to be a family car, but rather a multi-purpose vehicle that can be transformed into a delivery truck, coupe, or cabriolet for a variety of different uses. This Honda Micro EV certainly could be useful for a lot of different folks.
Rather, the Micro Commuter is an urban electric vehicle designed for short range missions around the city. With just a single 15 kWh battery on board, the Micro Commuter has enough juice for a maximum range of only 37 miles. The top speed is limited to just 50 mph. As far as the looks good, it isn’t bad, though I personally preferred the retro looks of the Honda EV-N concept better.
While a small battery would seem to hurt the Honda Micro Commuter’s chances of becoming a production car, Honda is already planning road tests for 2013. The aim is to produce a cheap, affordable, and practical electric car for city dwellers, rather than trying to compete with gas guzzlers. With high prices being a major limiting factor in EV adoption, Honda is hoping the low cost and urban nature of the Micro Commuter might have a certain amount of appeal among city folks.
Pricing hasn’t been mentioned, though this is the kind of vehicle that would have to sell in the $10,000 range for anyone to seriously consider it. For city dwellers who just need the occasional ride uptown, the Honda Micro Commuter could be the perfect car.