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Introduced as a concept car at Tokyo Motor Show in November 1997 and started sales in February 2000.
Designed as an urban commuter car, the ultra-small Hypermini EV features a dedicated body construction with seating for two passengers. The body is built around a lightweight and highly rigid aluminum spaceframe and the vehicle is fitted with a neodymium magnet synchronous traction motor and a high-performance lithium-ion battery system. These cutting-edge technologies enable the Hypermini to provide a driving range of 115 km on a single battery charge during operation under Japan's 10-15 test mode and to attain a top speed of 100 km/h. (This driving range figure was measured in-house with the air-conditioning system turned off. The driving range will vary depending on the road conditions, the weather and other factors.)
The batteries can be fully recharged in approximately four hours using an inductive charging system with 200-volt AC charger.
The Hypermini won the fourth annual "New Energy Grand Prize", sponsored by the New Energy Foundation which is associated with Japan's Ministry of International Trade & Industry and Good Design Award 2000, hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest incorporated foundation.

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