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Honda reveals 3D-printed Micro Commuter at Japan’s CEATEC show

Wednesday 12 October 2016, By Autovolo

Honda reveals 3D-printed Micro Commuter at Japan’s CEATEC show

Honda reveals 3D-printed Micro Commuter at Japan’s CEATEC show

Honda has unveiled a new 3D-printed “Micro Commuter” vehicle at the CEATEC show in Japan.

Built in partnership with Kabuku Inc., the Micro Commuter is based on a design model that calls upon a variable design platform, which means it can be used as a foundation for vehicles with different body styles and shapes.

Toshimaya Corp., a Japanese confectionary company, will use the Micro Commuter to deliver its famous shortbread, known as Hato Sable

The 3D-printed car is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, which allows for a range of approximately 50 miles.

When connected to a high-power electricity supply, the Micro Commuter can be charged in less than three hours. A conventional outlet will charge the car in seven hours. It has a power output of 11kW, and can achieve a top speed of 43mph – making it perfect for day-to-day driving.

Based on a chassis of pipe framing, the exterior panels and luggage spaces have all been built by 3D printers.

While Honda produces a range of other micro electric vehicles, the Micro Commuter differentiates itself through its ability to offer a decent amount of space for both the driver and cargo.