Electric KOBOT is Tiny, Three-Wheeled, and Weird


All the weird things seem to come out of Japan, and a lot of those things are also pretty neat – or at least interesting. This week’s happy Monday surprise is in the form of a red three-wheeled EV called the “KOBOT,” the second tiny single-seat EV to be shown off within the last week.

The prototype KOBOT is exactly what it looks like – a super-compact three-wheeled single-seat street-legal electric vehicle that can fit in the smallest of parking spaces. It almost doesn’t need any further explanation, but it’s Monday and we all need a distraction.

The KOBOT was developed and manufactured by a partnership between Kowa Company (producer of pharmaceutical products and electro-optical devices) and tmsuk (service robot manufacturer, no capitalization required), which is called “Kowa tmsuk.” The joint partnership has been in play since February, and this is their first baby.

The debut arena for the KOBOT to show off the Small Is Best model of EV development is the Tokyo Motor Show, happening right now, and the prototype model is nicknamed the “KOBOT NEW.”

In addition to being tiny and brightly colored, the KOBOT NEW has one other design feature sure to appeal to fans of 80s transforming robot cartoons – it can change shape. It folds up for easy storage and presumably for parking in even smaller spaces (definitely a plus for anyone in a major metropolitan area, or anyone in Japan with their tiny little roads).

No word on North American or European availability – but if you could, would you buy one? Let us know in the comments, below the gallery.

Source | Gallery: Response.jp.

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.