Through this experimental program, Honda will operate an environmentally-responsible micro-sized EV using renewable energy, and work together with the local community to explore the possibility of a CO2-free society.
In November 2013, Honda began separate field tests jointly conducted with Kumamoto Prefecture, Saitama City and Miyakojima City using the MC-β. For the field tests in Miyakojima City, as a part of the initiative as an environmentally-responsible model city, the feasibility of the introduction and utilization of small-sized electromotive mobility products and electricity supply facilities are being verified.
For this particular driving experiment in the city using renewable energy, the MC-β will be charged from three new photovoltaic recharging stations newly built by Toshiba. The test will explore the potential usage patterns and needs of small-sized mobility products in a mobility environment unique to remote islands, where the travel distance is short and energy resources for mobility such as gasoline are procured from off the island.
This test will also verify the effects of CO2 emissions and energy cost reduction, and verification results will be utilized in the effort to establish mobility and energy models which will fit in with a recycling-oriented society, a requirement for the next generation.
Key Specifications of Honda MC-β
(length × width × height)
|2,495 x 1,280 x 1,545 (mm)|
|Maximum speed||More than 70 km/h|
|Motor output||Rated: 6 kW / maximum 11 kW|
|Maximum range||More than 80 km|
|Charging time||Less than 3 hours (200 V)|
|Less than 7 hours (100 V)|