Are super-compact EVs the ride of the future?

Honda's MC-beta is a super-compact EV designed for short-distance commutes.

(Credit: Honda)

TOKYO — How would you fancy riding around in something that can go 30 miles on a charge and costs around $1?

Super-compact electric vehicles have been on roads in Japan for a while, and more models are coming out as major automakers experiment with architecture and features.

Some look like golf carts or even the gas-powered tricycle mopeds commonly used for pizza and other deliveries in densely populated Japanese cities.

Single-seater Coms EVs made by Toyota Auto Body sell for around $7,400 in Japan and are used by farmers, cable TV technicians, milk delivery workers, and even Buddhist monks visiting parishioners.

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