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Future Models — 2015 MC-B

Driven: MC-B shoots for Renault

Green machine: The Honda is part golf-cart, part and has a range of clever app-based driving modes.

Honda road-ready MC-B electric in Japan, and we drive it

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HONDA this displayed a production-ready concept of its (Micro Commuter-Beta) electric a vehicle it believes heralds the in Japan of a new category of vehicle smaller than the Kei-class, ultra-micro .

The pure-electric MC-B is a rival to Europeans such as the Twizy, Opel Rak-e and the Urban Concept.

If a proposal put to the Japanese government s commission passes, local may not even need a regular license to drive one on Tokyo s roads, but rather a partial

Road testing is poised to get with pilot studies for three Japanese prefectures in a with local police Kumamoto, Saitama and Miyakojima. wants to be selling the car in Japan by although unless Australia laws change, you won t see the MC-B Under any time soon.

The runabout has a tandem two-seater — think of it as part cart, part motorcycle and uses a 15kW/57Nm electric and lithium-ion battery combination a range of 80km and a charging via a 200V input of a little than two hours.

It s also a slick little We had a brief spin around a circuit this week at s invitation, and found the whiney motor provided plenty of to hit the 80km/h top speed in fairly time, considering its appearance. We hit in somewhere beneath 10-seconds, is perfectly ok for inner-city commuting as that found in Tokyo.

2495mm long (900mm than a Kei-car), 1280mm and 1545mm high, the MC-B already be a breeze to park without power-steering, which unwanted weight). But to make it still, Honda added a iPad-operated parking pilot for measure.

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The owner can command the car to park and remove itself from the via a tablet app that works via a of ultrasonic sensors, all while at a distance and watching the show. A radius of 3.3 metres means the tightest spot is no drama.

We a demonstration of the technology in Tochigi week and can vouch for its efficacy, and for the clever sensor and sonar-based that locks-on to a car ahead and it robotically, around corners, any driver input.

Honda calls this, Duck-following , and it works via the same app that power the parking with the device using to target the number plate of the car and locking it onto the same Honda wants technology as this to lead to a collision-free .

The lack of power-assisted steering or may appear retrograde, but in reality you need it for a car that weighs than 400kg — a helped no end by the use of plastic outer that no doubt impinge on safety.

Indeed, the lack of gives it an almost meaty, feel. It actually belies its and feels quiet stable corners, and eager as a puppy to

Only the flat seat impinge on the fun factor, because you re too holding on for dear life to widen your smile.

It s as well, with little noise despite the lack of and the quietest of EV whines . The tiny make a fair old din against the however.

There s no firm on pricing this far out from production, but Honda says it likely undercut even the conventionally-powered four-wheel model in its Japanese domestic range: under Ґ795,000 (or AUD$10,000).

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