The Honda Micro Commuter Car Concept has been unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. As the name suggests, the concept is a compact city car and features a fully electric powertrain.
Looking a little like something from the set of Transformers, the Micro Commuter is all about personal mobility while being friendly to the environment. It is micro too, measuring around 15cm shorter than a smart fortwo.
Inside, there is more to this little concept than meets the eye, as there’s a special place for a fold-out electric mini bike, called the Honda Motor Compo. The bicycle then doubles as an additional power source for the Micro Commuter.
The interior features a large heads-up display while the steering is controlled via a ‘twin lever steering’ system which includes a joystick-like control for both driver and passenger. The controls have apparently been set up to suit natural arm movements so the operator can easily thread the car through tight streets.
Specific power outputs have not been revealed, however, propulsion comes from two electric motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.
Honda has no plans to put the Micro Commuter into production just yet, although a number of technologies are expected to inspire future products.