Honda designs tiny, 3D-printed EV to deliver cookies
Honda has teamed up with a Japanese 3D printing startup named Kabuku to develop, print, and assemble a small electric car designed for urban deliveries.
The Micro Commuter is built on a tubular chassis designed by Honda, and the body panels are 3D-printed by Kabuku. Slightly reminiscent of the Renault Twizy Cargo, Honda’s newest electric model wears a friendly face with round headlights and a yellow emblem.
Inside, there’s room for a single passenger and a couple of boxes. The Micro Commuter is a basic form of transportation, but it nonetheless offers a full instrument cluster and a touch screen-based infotainment system.
Technical details are few and far between. All we know at this point is that it’s fully electric, and it’s capable of driving for about 50 miles on a single charge. The drivetrain was developed specifically for short-range driving, and 50 miles of range is more than enough for a vehicle designed to operate exclusively in dense urban areas.
Honda explains the Micro Commuter was 3D-printed specifically for Toshiyama, a Japanese company that makes a wide array of food items and beverages. Toshiyama will use the Micro Commuter to deliver a dove-shaped cookie named Hato sablé. How many examples will be manufactured hasn’t been announced, but as of writing it doesn’t sound like Honda’s tiny EV will be offered to the general public.