|The EV-neo. Click to enlarge.|
Honda will begin a European demonstration program of the battery-electric EV-neo scooter in conjunction with Barcelona City Council (Spain) beginning in July 2011. 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.
The EV-neo operates using a Honda in-house manufactured brushless 2.8 kW motor and a 0.9 kWh SCiB lithium-ion battery from Toshiba Corporation which is well-suited for repeated charging and discharging and for quick charging, and also delivers stable performance at extremely low temperatures. The EV-neo’s newly developed battery cooling system uses a specially equipped cooling fan.
The motor has rated output of 0.58 kW, and maximum output of 2.8 kW at 5,000 rpm; maximum torque is 11 N·m (8 lb-ft)—sufficient, Honda says, to allow the scooter to be started uphill on a 12-degree grade while loaded with 30 kg of cargo.
A quick charger, designed exclusively for the EV-neo and using a 200-volt power source, provides full charging from empty in about 30 minutes under 25°C conditions, making it possible to recharge the vehicle quickly during spare moments in the working day. The portable regular charger can be stored under the seat and provides 100% charging from empty in about 3.5 hours at 25°C.
The EV-neo has a range of 34 km (21 miles) at 30 km/h (19 mph) on level ground.
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.—Yukitoshi Fujisaka, President of Montesa Honda
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 the program, Honda said.
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 (US$5,627).
The EV-neo is also being used in Honda Electric Vehicle Testing Programs in Kumamoto and Saitama prefectures, Japan. These testing programs, 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.