updated 02:56 pm EDT, Mon July 16, 2012
Modi shows off Pius EV that can be registered as a motorized bicycle in Japan
The Japan-based Modi Corporation that builds vehicle prototypes has now created a single-seater that can be assembled by buyers themselves, just like a shelf from Ikea. The Pius can be registered as a Class 1 motorized bicycle in Japan and used on the country's roads. Prices aren't yet being revealed, but the vehicle is due to be released in the spring of 2013 at the earliest.
Modi hopes its creations will be used as an educational tool for teaching the basic functions and features on an electric vehicle to the younger generations. It will try and market and sell the Pius to universities, technology colleges, and mechanic training facilities. The company can also embed components into the vehicle to allow its customers to evaluate them in an EV environment. It should be available in six colors, including white, red, blue, navy blue, yellow, and silver.
The car weighs 200kg (about 441lbs) and can reach a top speed of 22mph. Maximum range is set at 15.5 miles. It is powered by a 36V, 38Ah battery. [via TechOn]