57 Business Consortium Creates Fair-Weather EV
The famous Japanese monozukuri (craftsmanship, sometimes “the process of continually making something better”) is going down the drain. It took the combined efforts of “a consortium of 57 small businesses in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture,” reports The Nikkei [sub] before they could “unveil a prototype one-seater electric car that can travel 100km between charges.”
According the The Nikkei, the vehicle has a go-kart-like chassis with strap-on lithium ion batteries and control circuits. “The system as a whole and the control circuits were designed by the consortium under guidance from experts.”
Even The Nikkei can’t help it and captions their depiction of the electric go-cart with a snide “Just hope it doesn’t rain.” Come on, what do you expect from a committee of 57? A Heinz-Mobile, probably.
Ah, the results of the latest Microsoft research project, eh?
All Hail Mega Corporations!!!
Actually, I can see there being a market for these, if there are any environmentally sensitive go kart track operators.
To correct the original source, that contraption doesn't "have a go-kart-like chassis"; it IS a go-kart. (And if they wanted it to go farther on the same amount of battery juice, they could _at least_ have swapped the designed-for-racing wide-but-tiny high-grip slicks for lighter-rolling bicycle wheels!)