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Report: Honda Developing Electric Scooter Powered by Toshiba Li-ion Battery
11 April 2010
The Nikkei reports that Honda Motor Co. is developing a battery-electric scooter powered by a Toshiba Li-ion battery, with the release likely to come in December. The prototype is comparable in power and size to a 50 cc scooter. Details are expected on Tuesday.
The electric motorbike will get about 30km [18.6 miles] per charge. Riders will be able to charge it via a home outlet, as well as with a portable charger. The latter method can replenish the battery in roughly 10 minutes.
The battery, to be supplied by Toshiba, has a long life&mash;more than 6,000 charge-discharge cycles—and can be charged at high speed. This is the first time for Honda to use Toshiba batteries. For Toshiba, this represents the first big deal for its vehicle batteries, a product category it hopes to beef up.
Honda, the world’s largest motorbike maker, also reportedly plans to develop a 100cc electric motorbike for Asian countries—its key markets—and other places. Yamaha Motor Co., the second largest motorbike maker, plans to begin selling electric models this summer in Japan and Europe.
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