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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Honda's 3D-Printed Micro Commuter Reminds Us Of The Renault Twizy

#Honda's foray into the electric vehicle segment continues with the introduction of a 3D-printed Micro Commuter.

Unveiled at the CEATEC Japan 2016 earlier this month, the small zero-emission car has been commissioned by Japanese confectionery maker Toshimaya, and will be used to deliver the company's "most famous product, the dove shaped shortbread, 'Hato sable'", as the automaker explains.

Created in a joint development with Kabuku Inc., the Honda Micro Commuter features exterior panels and a luggage space made by using 3D printing techniques. Inside its 2,495 mm long, 1,280 mm wide and 1,545 mm tall body, the company's new electric microcar offers seating for the driver only, who can use it for approximately 80 km (50 miles) on a single charge and up to speeds of 70 km/h (43 mph).

Tipping the scales at 600 kg (1,323 lbs), the new Honda Micro Commuter needs to be plugged in for less than 3 hours using an AC220V, and less than 7 hours with an AC100V, in order to recharge its batteries.


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