Honda EV-Neo electric scooter unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Honda Motor Co.'s all-electric scooter will soon arrive in the Chinese market in its first attempt to mass-market its zero-emission motorbikes. Honda, the world's top motorcycle maker, claims that the EV-neo has a range of more than 30 km on a full charge.

Honda wants its EV-neo, which is similar in size to a 50cc scooter, to appeal to commercial users in Japan. Lease sales for the scooter will start in December in Japan.

Toshiyuki Inuma, general manager of Honda's motorcycle operations, said that there were no immediate plans to release the scooter outside Japan.

But Inuma said that the company is seriously considering going to China, which it estimates will have an annual demand of 17 million electric bikes.

At a test-ride event for the prototype model, Inuma told reporters that it will have to adjust the cost and performance further to make it commercially viable.

The price range for the EV-neo has yet to be announced but Honda claims that after accounting for lower power, maintenance and other running costs, the cost to the consumer would be roughly equivalent to a similar gasoline scooter. When using a rapid charger, the lithium-ion batteries can be recharged to about 80% of capacity in 20 minutes.

When using a normal socket, the batteries can be fully charged in four hours. Meanwhile, the battery-run scooter from its rival, Yamaha Motor Co., the world's second-biggest motorcycle maker, will go on sale in Japan later this year. There are also plans for Yamaha's scooter to be launched in Taiwan and Europe.

Press Release

Honda Plans to Begin Sales of Commercial Use Electric Scooter, EV-neo, in December 2010

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. revealed the latest prototype of the EV-neo electric scooter and announced plans to begin lease sales in Japan in December 2010 to businesses and individual business owners who provide mainly delivery services.

Honda developed the EV-neo, an electric scooter designed to provide the durability necessary for business use, envisioning a wide range of uses by businesses such as delivery services. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery and a brushless motor, EV-neo realizes excellent environmental performance with zero CO2 emissions in use.

The battery is rechargeable using a household power source with attention given to the range per charge. Moreover, EV-neo provides performance equivalent to that of mass-market under-50cc gasoline engine motorcycles realizing a powerful ride even with cargo by leveraging the characteristics of a high-torque motor even at a low speed ride.

Under the key words of "quiet and clean" Honda held the world premier exhibition of the EV-neo concept model (under the name EVE-neo) at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in 2009 as one of Honda's new-generation personal mobility products which will contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society while transporting people and cargo. The mass-market model of EV-neo is currently under development.

Honda will continue providing products with excellent environmental performance to more customers in order to contribute to global CO2 emission reduction efforts.

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