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The EV-neo has a range of 21 miles, making it an eco-friendly option for urban commuting.
Honda's EV-neo electric scooter makes its European debut beginning this month in Barcelona, Spain. The city, in which motorcycles account for 30% of all vehicles, is a fitting location for the zero-emissions scooter's demonstration program.
The automaker is providing 18 EV-neos to the Barcelona City Council for one year. Together with the Council and RACC, Spain's leading auto club, Honda will monitor the scooter's performance in Barcelona on a daily basis.
"We are delighted to bring Honda's EV technology to Europe for the first time," said Yukitoshi Fujisaka, President of Montesa Honda. "Testing the EV-neo in European conditions is an important step as we develop our EV activities."
The EV-neo uses a 2.8 kw motor, and a Lithium-ion battery. The scooter will run for 34 km (21 miles) at 30km (18.6 miles) per hour on level ground, making it a viable alternative for urban commuting. A portable charger that fits under the seat will charge the unit in 3.5 hours, according to the automaker, while an optional rapid charger will fully charge the EV-neo in about 30 minutes.
Below, Honda explains how the scooter works:
Honda has designed the EV system of the EV-neo so that riders of gasoline engine motorcycles can naturally transition to it. Basic operation is exactly the same:
- The rider operates the throttle, and an APS (Accelerator Position Sensor) converts the degree of throttle opening into an electric signal.
- The PDU (Power Drive Unit) calculates the optimal motor output level based on the signal from the APS and information from the BMU (Battery Management Unit: Manages battery condition - temperature, remaining charge and other parameters).
- Then, to produce this optimal output level, the PDU sends the appropriate amount of electricity from the battery to the motor.
Honda began selling the scooter in Japan in April 2011 and within the first year expects to sell 1,000 units, which start at 4,000 Euros (US$5,800).
Jul 1, 2011
Hey guys, thanks for your negative comments about how this will not help you directly. The world is a big place and you're not the centre of it. Maybe next time come up with some constructive criticism, not some self indulgent rant about how this doesn't benefit you directly. Pah!
Not to mention the sub bicycle speed of 18 mph. Traffic would constantly be tripping over a vehicle like that.
I live in the middle of the country-outside of any public transportation. Commute to work in the country, also outside of any public transportation. 12 miles each way. It's the closest I've ever lived to where I've worked in over 40 years of employment! Even living in the city and working in the city, public transportation has never been a reliable option. Always needed multiple transfers, busses & trains. and 3 or 4 times the time to get there! For me the real solution is not to commute at all, I could do all my work from home, but employers really don't like having you out of their control, especially if you are a lower level employee. Besides, a scooter would suck in the rain and snow and we get a lot of that in the middle of the country. Not to mention that you would be competing with cars and busses and trucks for right of way. Not something I'd care to do.