Honda leases EV-neo scooters
Honda plans to deliver about 100 of these vehicles - developed for businesses dealing in short runs of heavy cargo, such as delivery services - between December 2010 and March 2011 to partnering businesses.
This is in order to collect riding data and to start lease sales of the EV-neo to general businesses and individual business owners in April 2011.
The scooter sports a range of around 21 miles on a charge and despite its demure stature, is billed as leveraging a motor that–even with the fold-out cargo bed loaded–generates high torque to achieve "powerful starting and hill-climbing performance."
It makes use of technology developed for the Insight - including an in-house manufactured motor and a lithium-ion battery - and an exclusively developed quick charger enabling full recharge in 30 minutes (in a 77°F environment) for convenient re-charging throughout the business day.