Zero-emission scooter launched

Zero-emission scooter launched. (SUPPLIED)

Japan's Honda Motor yesterday unveiled its latest electric scooter, saying it initially plans to target domestic business customers such as pizza delivery services.

The EV-neo is powered by a lithium-ion battery that matches the performance of a 50cc petrol engine, without the noise, and can travel 30 kms on a single charge at up to 30 kilometres per hour.

The battery can be rapid-charged up to 80 per cent of capacity in 20 minutes, while a regular power socket charge would take about four hours, said the Japanese auto maker.

Honda promoted the scooter as "quiet and clean and contributing to creating a low-carbon society" as it unveiled a prototype of the two-wheeler at a research facility on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Honda plans to start leasing the scooter to Japanese companies from December, said a spokeswoman.


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