Honda plans to deliver at least 100 electric scooters by March 2011 and up to 1,000 by the end of 2011.
The Honda EV-neo is an electric scooter developed for businesses such as transport of heavy goods or delivery services and which delivers a clean and quiet ride without compromising powerfulness. The vehicle qualifies as a first-class motor-driven cycle in Japan, for engine displacements of 50cc or less.
The electric scooter is powered by a 72V/12.6Ah lithium ion battery and can be loaded with up to 30 kg of cargo.
The EV-neo offers up to 34km of range (based on a riding test at a constant speed of 30 km/h on a level surface) from its Toshiba SCiB lithium-ion battery pack.
Pricing for the base model starts at 454,650 yen (about $5,400 U.S.), while the EV-neo PRO, which comes with a rear carrier and front basket racket, rests at 459,900 yen (about $5,460). A standard battery charger adds 20,000 yen (about $240) to the base price, while a quick-charger will cost 120,000 yen (about $1,425).
Honda claims it takes just 30 minutes for a full recharge with the quick charger, designed exclusively for the EV-neo and using a 200-volt power source. With a portable standard charger, stored under the seat, it takes 3.5 hours to fully charge from a 100V outlet.