Honda as we know has been firmly involved with robotics research and mobility solutions, remember their radical ASIMO humanoid robot from 2000? Well, the brand has now unveiled a micro electric vehicle using 3D printing technology.
The short range EV will be put to use by Japanese confectionery maker, Toshimaya. The car in fact is based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of variable design platform. It uses a chassis constructed from Honda’s rigid but lightweight pipe frame structure whereas 3D printing techniques have been used to create the exterior panels and luggage space.
Power comes from Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short-range trips up to approximately 80 km. It tops out at 70kmph and can be fully charged in under 7 hours, or 3 hours through quick charging.
This latest creation differs from other examples of Honda micro EVs in providing space for a driver only. The rest of the cabin is there to ‘carry deliveries of sweet treats’. Honda has said they will conduct local deliveries of Toshiyama’s Hatosablé – a dove shaped shortbread.