Honda Micro Commuter packed with quirky features

JonathanNovember 14, 2012

Honda has unveiled a new all-electric prototype vehicle, which the Japanese car giant believes will give the Renault Twizy a run for its money.

The almost production-ready version of the Honda Micro Commuter was shown off by the Japanese manufacturer, which is an update of a concept model first revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

One of the most interesting points about the prototype is that the vehicle’s body can be switched with ease to accommodate different functionality.

Initially designed to accommodate a driver and an adult passenger – or two children – the chassis can literally be altered in an instant for other purposes. For example, one design is more accommodating for those using the Micro Commuter as a home delivery service car, while another makes it easier for senior citizens to ride in the vehicle.

All of this is made possible due to the fact that the battery and functionality of the micro electric vehicle has been concentrated below the floor.

In order to get the Honda Micro Commuter running, the Japanese car maker has used a combination of lithium-ion batteries and a 20bhp electric motor. According to the firm, this technology can enable the vehicle to boast an average 37-mile range and reach a modest top speed of 50mph.

Step inside the car and drivers will find plenty of technological treats awaiting them. For one, a tablet computer acts as the car’s instrument panel, sat-nav screen, audio controls and rear view mirror/reversing camera.

Unique driving assists come in the form of a system that communicates with traffic lights, so that motorists are informed when they will change ahead of time, and an auto-brake function that brings the vehicle to a standstill from speeds of up to 40mph.

Drivers can experience the unique design skills of Honda by seeking a car leasing deal for the Honda Jazz 1.2 i-VTEC SE five-door hatchback. Available for just £163.66 per month, the vehicle can achieve an average of 54.3mpg, while presenting CO2 emissions of 120g/km.

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