A year after Honda revealed its Micro-Commuter car as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker is moving towards the machine’s production with a prototype model that’s significantly more real-world ready.
With the original model looking straight out of a sci-fi movie, this latest version trades its covered wheels for exposed tiny rollers, while the shape more closely resembles a mini-car. At 98.4-inches in length its roughly half-a-foot shorter than a Smart fortwo.
Inside the cabin now more closely resembles a production vehicle, trading a steering wheel that operated like a joystick for a traditional two-spoke unit.
If there is one future-forward aspect, it’s that the car’s dash is actually a tablet, displaying information like vehicle speed and the range left in the batteries, while also doubling as a back-up camera.
Based on what Honda calls a “Variable Design Platform” the concept uses a basic structure and battery pack design, which allows for the body to be modified for different needs. Shown here is a three-seat layout, with space for one adult driver and two children behind, while Honda also says a small van-style body could be fitted, or even a convertible.
Powered by a 15 kW electric motor, the Micro-Commuter concept has a range of 60 km (37 miles) and a charge time of 3 hours, with a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).
An urban mobility solution, Honda is pushing ahead with the Micro-Commuter for use on Japanese and European roads in a unique class of vehicle that sits between motorcycles and the smallest cars currently available.