One of the first things I noticed when saw Tokyo for the first time was the lack of small cars. Sure tiny “K-cars” limited to 660cc engines exist, but they are for housewives in remote suburbs and the countryside.
Recently however, the Japanese government has started to promote single-seat electric car such as the Toyota COMS (see right) by easing the licensing and manufacturing regulations of minicars (Yomiuri News / 2012-07-10: Ultracompact vehicles to hit Japan’s roads this year) driven by growing demand especially the elderly.
I particularly like this do-it-yourself electric car in that it would evade almost all the onerous Japanese road taxes, licensing, and regulations that make car ownership a pain in Japan.
Japan-based Firm Unveils Built-it-yourself EV
Nikkei — Tech-On! / July 12, 2012
Modi Corp, a Japan-based company that prototypes vehicles, announced that it has developed a built-it-yourself micro electric vehicle (EV). The EV, “Pius,” is a single-seater and can be registered as a class-1 motorized bicycle in Japan. …more…
Even though Modi Corp. means to market this micro electric car in the spring of 2013 as an, “educational tool for learning the basic functions and structure of an EV,” it has all the key components such as proper steering and tuned suspension, running lights, lightweight body to let me hot-rod the hell out of it. Although no price has been released yet, if it was sold at 50-70% less than the lowest current price of a new K-car (500,000 yen / $6,300 USD), I would be game to buy the kit and then triple its batteries and speed.
Also check out the previous electric car reports on the 3Yen including:
• Toy-like electric vehicle unveiled (3Yen / 2010-12-04)
• Dorky is, what dorky does. (3Yen / 2011-06-16)
• Toyota’s iUnit is proclaimed the coolest
(3Yen / 2005-11-17) ↓