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Honda EV-neo Electric Scooter Debut

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Zero Emission Scooter

Starting in July, the Europeans will get their first look at the Honda EV-neo electric scooter. The Ev-neo, an electric scooter with zero in-use CO2 emission, will debut in Barcelona, and Honda will provide Barcelona City Council with 18 EV-neos for a year of testing.

This Honda Demonstration Program will be monitored by Montesa Honda, Barcelona City Council and RACC, Spain’s leading Automobile Club.

Yukitoshi Fujisaka (President of Montesa Honda) says: “We are delighted to bring Honda’s EV technology to Europe for the first time. Testing the EV-neo in European conditions is an important step as we develop our EV activities.”

Honda says “a wide range of incentives exist for EVs in Barcelona and with motorcycles accounting for 30-percent of all vehicles in the city, Barcelona was an ideal location for this Demonstration Program.”

About the Honda EV-neo

The EV-neo is a battery electric scooter. It operates using a 2.8kw motor and a Lithium-ion battery. The EV-neo has a range of 34km at 30km/h on level ground* The regular charger takes the battery from zero charge to a full charge in approximately 3.5 hours** and is a highly portable unit that fits neatly in the cargo space beneath the seat of the EV-neo. The rapid charger fully charges the EV-neo in approximately 30 minutes**.

* Honda calculations based on predetermined test conditions (user results may vary based on weather, road conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, and other parameters).

** at ambient temperature of 25 °C

Honda EV-neo Activities in Japan

Lease sales of the EV-neo started in Japan in April 2011 with Honda expecting to sell approximately 1,000 units in the first year. The base price is 454,650 Japanese yen or approximately 4,000 Euros.

The EV-neo is also being used in Honda Electric Vehicle Testing Programs in Kumamoto and Saitama prefectures. These testing programmes which include motorcycles, automobile and power equipment products based on electromotive technologies will help to test future forms of personal mobility and their potential in CO2 reduction. In the Kumamoto Program, EV-neo scooters are rented to residents and tourists to provide feedback on their use and benefits and in Saitama they are leased to delivery companies.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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