2016-10-18

Honda and Kabuku Inc. unveil 3D Printed Micro Commuter Vehicle at CEATEC

 

Honda has developed a short range ‘Micro Commuter’ electric vehicle for use by Japanese confectionary maker, Toshimaya. The car is a joint development with Kabuku Inc., and is based on an open innovation model that incorporates the idea of variable design platform. The car was unveiled at CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) Japan 2016.

Honda and Kabuku collaborate on 3D printed micro-commuter vehicle

The vehicle uses a chassis constructed from Honda’s rigid but lightweight pipe frame structure, while 3D printing techniques have been used to create the exterior panels and luggage space. The Micro Commuter is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short-range trips up to approximately 80km and is used on the MC- β ultra compact EV in Japan.

This unique vehicle differs from other examples of Honda micro EVs by providing cabin space only for a driver, along with a generous load space to carry deliveries of sweet treats. It will conduct local deliveries of Toshiyama’s most famous product, the dove-shaped shortbread, ‘Hato Sable’.

Micro Commuter Vehicle:

Specifications

Length

2495 mm

Width

1280 mm

Height

1545 mm

Weight

600 kg

Maximum output

11 kW (15 DIN hp)

Top speed

70 km/h (43 mph)

Charging speed

Under 3 hours (using AC200V)
Under 7 hours (using AC100V

 

For more information on this collaboration with Kabuku Inc., follow this link: http://www.kabuku.co.jp/en/news/ceatec-honda-20161003