Honda Creates The 'EV-neo' Electric Scooter
TOKYO, JAPAN- Honda Motor Co. will be building a mass produced utility electric scooter in the future. The company showed its prototype version of their EV-neo electric scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2009 (see photo). Built to act as a delivery vehicle for companies, the sturdy construction of the EV-neo and its high torque brushless electric motor allows it to perform similarily to 50 cc gasoline (petrol) scooters that are sold in this market.
Honda says it will start lease sales of the EV-neo to delivery businesses in Japan starting in December 2010 as part of a mass production trial of the vehicle concept. The EV-neo electric scooter is a zero-emissions vehicle and uses a lithium-ion battery pack supplied by Toshiba. Honda says that the EV-neo can be charged to 80% capacity off of a 200V quick charger in 20 minutes, or in four hours off of a 100-110 V household outlet.
The range of Honda's electric EV-neo scooter is more than 30 km (18.6 miles) on a full charge when the scooter is driven more than 30 km/h on flat terrain. Honda has said that the EV-neo forms the basis of their design strategy for personal mobility products for the future in support of low carbon transportation globally.