Analyze EV Tech with RoboCar MEV

The RoboCar MEV is more than just the most awesome name ever – it’s a one-seat developmental platform for electric vehicles, built by Japanese company ZMP. Auto makers, parts manufacturers, universities, and research institutions are all encouraged to rent the RoboCar to evaluate the merits of EV technology before starting their own projects.

Two variations of the open platform RoboCar are available for rent. Type A includes drive control, high precision vehicle speed sensors, and deceleration control with regenerative braking, while Type B adds steering control to everything in the Type A package. It will cost the renter 1,220,000 yen (about $15,870 USD) for a two week rental period, while Type A runs 720,000 yen (about $9370 USD). Both Type A and Type B are equipped with on-board LAN and standard CAN (Control Area Network) protocol.

ZMP has a reputation already as a next-generation development platform supplier; the RoboCar expands its lineup to a total of two. Also available is its RoboCar 1/10th, a model vehicle 1/10th the size of a normal vehicle.

The RoboCar MEV is on exhibition at the EVEX 2011 (Electric Vehicle Development Technology Exhibition) at Pacifico Yokohama from October 12th to 14th, and is currently available.

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Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.