Published on July 20th, 2013 | by James Ayre2
Honda Beginning Field Testing Of Micro Commuter Prototype β EV In Saitama, Japan
Honda’s micro-sized EV model — the Micro Commuter Prototype β — will begin field tests this fall in the Japanese city of Saitama, a recent press release from the company has revealed. The Saitama City council for the promotion of micro-sized electric vehicles submitted the application to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, which adopted the project on June 28, 2013.
In addition to Saitama, as previous announcements have made clear, Kumamoto Prefecture and Miyakojima City in Okinawa Prefecture will also be sites for the field testing of the micro EV later this fall. Comprehensive agreements have already been made with the respective governments — though, some details are still being discussed.
For those that don’t know, the Micro Commuter Prototype β is a micro-sized short-distance transportation electric vehicle that’s been developed in “consideration of the vehicle categories for micro-sized mobility products that are currently being discussed under the initiative of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan, as well as for regulations for the L7 category in Europe.”
The tiny EV has been designed so that the battery, motor and control unit can all fit under the floor and in the rear space — allowing the EV frame to accommodate a variety of different body and interior types which can specialized for a variety of different uses, and/or the needs/preferences of the customer. The upcoming field testing will be done entirely with the two-occupant (one driver/one passenger) models.
For more details on the Honda Micro Commuter Prototype β field tests, check out the full EV Obsession article.