Honda 3R-C Urban Mobility Vehicle - first lookIs this the future of sustainable urban mobility?
24 February 2010
This three-wheeled contraption is called the Honda 3R-C concept and will be on display at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.
We know that Honda enjoys manufacturing everything from lawnmowers to , but now the Japanese manufacturer is turning its attention to ensuring sustainable urban mobility.
The Honda 3R-C Concept may look like a film prop for the latest edition of Star Trek, or a wacky Tokyo Concept at the very least, but its relevance extends to any modern global cityscape. The slimline 3R-C has been designed to replace cars on urban journeys, reducing congestion and pollution by promoting zero emissions commuting. Sounds like a solid enough strategy to us.
Power comes from a set of lithium-ion batteries installed beneath the driver. This helps to reduce the centre of gravity and improve steering though we doubt Honda will be making any performance claims with it. Designed at the company's R&D facility in Milan, Honda has worked hard to maximise practicality; the battery range is decent, there's a lockable boot area up front and there's even a shielded pod area to protect the driver from typically British weather.
We'll be taking a closer look next week, when the Which? Car test team hit the Geneva Motor Show.
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