Honda unveils zero-emission electric scooter

Apr 13, 2010
Japan's Honda Motor gives a demonstration of the company's prototype model of a new electric motorcycle called the "EV-neo" at the company's research and development center in Wako, suburban Tokyo. The company said it initially plans to target domestic business customers such as pizza delivery services.

Japan's Honda Motor on Tuesday unveiled its latest electric scooter, saying it initially plans to target domestic business customers such as pizza delivery services.

The EV-neo is powered by a lithium-ion battery that matches the performance of a 50cc petrol engine, without the noise, and can travel 30 kilometres (19 miles) on a single charge at up to 30 kilometres per hour.

The battery can be rapid-charged up to 80 percent of capacity in 20 minutes, while a regular power socket charge would take about four hours, said the Japanese .

Honda promoted the scooter as "quiet and clean and contributing to creating a low-carbon society" as it unveiled a prototype of the two-wheeler at a research facility on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Honda plans to start leasing the scooter to Japanese companies from December, said a spokeswoman, without disclosing the price tag or production targets.

"The distance it can travel may not be satisfactory for personal use, but eventually we want to make it available for individual customers," she said.

No international sales plans were announced for the electric scooter, Honda's second since it released 200 units of an earlier model to Japanese business customers in 1994.

Japan's motor giants have recently emerged as global leaders in low and cars meant to reduce urban pollution and cut greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

Toyota's Prius hybrid has been the top-selling car domestically for nearly a year, while Nissan is rolling out its Leaf electric car later this year, competing with Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEV.

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Milou
5 / 5 (3) Apr 13, 2010
I delivered pizza and I would clearly go over 30 Miles per evenings. The pizza joint is not going to provide the electrical cord to plug in the machine. Especially with four to five delivery personnel per evening. Some large orders could be tricky to balance the weight. But, I guess it could be done.

Personally I am tired of waiting for the correct machine, Given we wasted so much time with big SUVs that were produced faster than demand.
baudrunner
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 13, 2010
Lots of ways to get around the range limitation. I imagine that the pizza deliveries in Japan are much shorter than they are in America. The fleet would probably have fully charged standby scooters ready for the delivery guy, should the bike run out of juice.

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Doug_Huffman
1 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2010
Just think, if we could just make all motors electrically powered, even the ones in the electricity mine, then we could have a zero emissions world! Unfortunately something has to turn the first electric generator and it is a polluter.
paulthebassguy
1.8 / 5 (5) Apr 13, 2010
When they say "zero emission", they disregard the emissions from the power plant don't they?
EdFreeman
4 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2010
Lots of people live less than 30k from work and are too fat and lazy to bike. Anything that transports a body from A to B with less dead weight than a car reduces pollution irrespective of energy source and not all sources produce carbon anyway (blah blah all source arguments repeated here). I don't know about pizza delivery though. They tear the wrong way down one way streets and on sidewalks on bicycles around here and these things are heavier and faster. I love the idea though. They should reduce the doofus factor and lose the basket.
fixer
not rated yet Apr 13, 2010
Sadly, whilst a step in the right direction it could only be ridden safely on the footpath.
Even a sick 50cc moped can keep up with traffic at 60 mph (100kmh) with a range of 150 miles or more and likely a cheaper purchace price.
Unless IC engines are outlawed by legislation this scooter is a dead dog.
paulo
1 / 5 (1) Apr 14, 2010
i concur with fixer.

why does it seem so difficult for the major players to do anything electric when hobbyists have been converting ICE cars / bikes to highway-ready ev's for years?

a bicycle would be a better option that this.... probably faster, too.
JoelF
not rated yet Apr 14, 2010
Here's a scooter for under $500 with plenty of storage for grocery trips:
http://cgi.ebay.c...0wt_1182
david_42
not rated yet Apr 14, 2010
paulo - hobbyists do not have to comply with any government regulations, nor do they pay much attention to costs.

I can't see this scooter climbing my driveway.
paulo
3 / 5 (2) Apr 14, 2010
i guess, but it is strange that a corporation as large as honda can only deliver a 30km/h putt putt like this when evs can theoretically exceed ICE performance.
http://www.evdriv..._26_2010
...scroll up for some videos...
jerryd
not rated yet Apr 15, 2010

Sadly Honda is way behind other Lithium EV MC's now built in the US, Europe that are far faster, longer range and I'd bet not as costly. You are going to see a lot of these as gas huts $5/gal next yr.
seneca
1 / 5 (3) Apr 18, 2010
When they say "zero emission", they disregard the emissions from the power plant don't they?
Of course, in the same way, like the emissions formed during production. I don't understand, why people are voting such comment negative, until they're not complete trolls.

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