• Jun 26th 2011 at 12:52PM
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While Honda's EV-neo has been available in Japan since last year, the rest of the world had to make do without them. That will change next month in Europe, as Honda will be unveiling the little electric in Barcelona. That's a good choice, considering 30 percent of all vehicles there are motorcycles. There will be a demonstration program in conjunction with the Barcelona City Council in which Honda will provide 18 EV-neos for a year.

The EV-neo comes equipped with a Toshiba SCiB lithium-ion battery pack (the same type that Mitsubishi is using for the i-MiEV). The battery is good for up to 18 miles of range and tops out at a scooter-like 30 miles per hour. The standard charger will fully charge a depleted pack in 3.5 hours, but an optional rapid charger can reduce that to 30 minutes. The base price for the EV-neo is expected to be 4,000 Euros ($5,750 U.S. at today's exchange rate).

[Source: Honda]

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Honda begins European Demonstration Programme of Zero Emission EV-neo Electric Scooter


Honda announced today that the EV-neo electric scooter will make its European debut. A Demonstration Programme in conjunction with Barcelona City Council will get underway from the beginning of July 2011. EV-neo is a battery electric scooter with zero in-use CO2 emissions. Representing a significant development in its EV European activities, Honda will provide Barcelona City Council with 18 EV-neos for the period of one year.


Montesa Honda, Barcelona City Council and RACC, Spain's leading Automobile Club will work together to carry out daily research and monitoring activities on the EV-neo's usage in Barcelona.

"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."


A wide range of incentives exist for EVs in Barcelona and with motorcycles accounting for 30% of all vehicles in the city, Barcelona was an ideal location for this Demonstration Programme.


About 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


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 Programmes 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 Programme, 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.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely amazing that a major vehicle maker could not create something with even a little sex appeal. I mean this thing looks like a freaking brick with wheels. Really? Failure!!! It's like they didn't even try. Must have slapped it together from parts they had laying around in some warehouse. Come on - quit being Japanese and be BOLD, DARING, EXCITING! I live in Japan so I kind of understand why this piece of crap looks like a piece of crap. It's unfortunate really.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      much too bulky construction. build it light like a robust bicycle, some tough wheels. way too conventional thinking.
        uncle_sam
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        NO you are wrong! ppl don't want flimsy deathmobiles. I was hit by a truck with my prius and was happy not to drive your light deathtrap. sorry. but going fast on a flimsy bike is not a good idea unless you are on tour de france
          bscmth
          • 4 Years Ago
          @uncle_sam
          Put two of these things together and we can see what the car of 2025 will look like.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 4 Years Ago
          @uncle_sam
          a heavy bike is an illusion. even the flimsiest of bicycles will not break before you do..
      tantareanujellob
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks safe. Let me trade in my SUV and strap the child seat to the back. This should work out great.
        Nick
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        tantareanujellob Wait, people like you were allowed to breed???
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Actually, in 'third world countries', that is how the majority of the people get around. 5 people on a 250cc scooter, lol. I think you'd get arrested for doing that in America.
      EJ
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's pretty pathetic performance. My electric kick scooter goes 34mph for 40 miles.
      Nick
      • 4 Years Ago
      Styling looks very Japanese.....not sure Europeans will like this. It's one step in the right direction though.
      PeekOyle
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that it is incredibly unimpressive. There are some Cheap Chinese-Sweatshop electric scooters that have the same specs for considerably less money. Are Honda deliberately making sub-par products so they can keep selling rice burners?
      goodoldgorr
      • 4 Years Ago
      I said many times to include a small compact integrated gasoline or diesel electric generator battery tender performance enhancer range extender battery recharger with these electric vehicules. Don't go on any bridge with this scooter, you can get stuck in a dangeurous place anytime. And also it lack a big carriage case for the long electrical cord because when stuck it can be far away from an electrical outlet. There is no battery swapping for this as any other bevs and it won't have any because every batteries are a different specs ones. Nobody will buy that in north america and in the other parts it will be a failure and will be removed from production. A gasoline scooter still offer more for less. That's the price to pay, obama having rejected hydrogen when they noticed that it displace petrol production and especially trading.
        goodoldgorr
        • 4 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        I said many times to include a small compact integrated gasoline or diesel electric generator battery tender performance enhancer range extender battery recharger with these electric vehicules. Don't go on any bridge with this scooter, you can get stuck in a dangeurous place anytime. And also it lack a big carriage case for the long electrical cord because when stuck it can be far away from an electrical outlet. There is no battery swapping for this as any other bevs and it won't have any because every batteries are a different specs ones. Nobody will buy that in north america and in the other parts it will be a failure and will be removed from production. A gasoline scooter still offer more for less. That's the price to pay, obama having rejected hydrogen when they noticed that it displace petrol production and especially trading
        Chris M
        • 4 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        In case you didn't notice, it is easy to get off and walk, should this scooter run out of "go". It is so small that it would be fairly easy to push, or even carry, if needed, to the nearest available charging outlet, so an extra-long cord isn't needed. Currently, hydrogen production is 48% from natural gas and 30% from oil, the oil/natural gas companies are by far the biggest producers of hydrogen, so they're actually promoting hydrogen as a fuel. If H2 FCVs were to take off and replace gassers and diesels, the oil companies would simply switch to supplying hydrogen at a nice high profit margin, and since they control the cheapest sources of hydrogen they'd still control the market for transportation fuel, The oil companies do NOT control the electric grid, which is why I'd prefer to plug-in.
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another product from a major company designed to fail !
      markkiernan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pay a few more thousands and you have a Brammo a much better bike!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @markkiernan
        but paying "a few more thousand" would be enough for another scooter of these. And pay in mind that these scooters are aimed for a difference audience than brammos...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only 18 miles? lol. Even basic pre-built eBikes have a 20 mile range.. I know that 30mph is more aerodynamically intensive, but c'mon. The removeable battery is a plus.. and SCiB is cool.. but imho, fail
      EVnerdGene
      • 4 Years Ago
      My biggest complaint is the price. I had an electric scooter (lead-acid) almost 20 years ago that would go just as fast and further - the EcoScoot.
        bscmth
        • 4 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Yeah... that's going to be the biggest compliant that everyone has. It's hard to support the cause on the cheap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The EV-neo leverages a motor that, even with cargo loaded, generates high torque even in the low-speed range to achieve a powerful starting and hill-climbing performance.
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