Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) will begin its EV journey in India with an electric scooter, which is likely to be launched next year. Electric two-wheelers are becoming popular in India due to their convenience, affordability, and environmental friendliness. Manufacturers such as Hero Electric, Ampere, Okinawa, Ather Energy, Revolt Motors, and others are leading the way in the electric two-wheeler segment in our market. Electric scooters are cheaper to maintain than their traditional petrol-powered counterparts. With a popular brand like Honda introducing its electric scooter in the Indian market, chances are that demand for these eco-friendly commuters will further increase. Let's have a quick glance at the recent updates regarding the expected Honda electric scooter.
Honda Activa Electric Scooter: What do we know so far?
At the launch event of the Activa H-Smart, the company revealed that it will probably launch its first electric scooter by March 2024. The firm will announce its EV plans on March 29. Industry reports suggest that it might disclose some information about its future EV. There is no official confirmation, but we expect that Honda might showcase a prototype model of the electric scooter while revealing its EV plans. Honda has already stated that its long-term goal is to have vehicles with removable batteries supported by a battery-swapping network. It is possible that the upcoming electric scooter may have a permanent battery pack.
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Honda already offers a variety of electric two-wheelers in other countries, some of which could be introduced in India. According to reports, the company will provide a variety of EVs in India. Based on their top speed, Honda's electric two-wheelers will likely be categorised into three different segments in our market.
The first would be Electric Bikes (EB) with a top speed of 25km/h. The second category will be Electric Mopeds (EM), with a top speed of about 50km/h, and the third segment will have electric Vehicles (EVs) with a top speed of more than 50km/h. Reports further hint that a top-speed EV will be introduced after the launch of the electric scooter.
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Honda Shine 100 Launched in India: Key Details
Honda has launched the Shine 100 in India at Rs 64,900 (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). The firm will start production of the bike next month, and its deliveries will begin in May this year. The Shine 100 is powered by a brand-new 99.7cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, producing a maximum output of 7.6bhp and a peak torque of 8.05Nm at 6,000rpm. These figures closely resemble those of Hero's competitors. This engine sits in a new diamond frame, developed especially for the Shine 100. The new bike will go up against the Hero Splendor, TVS Radeon, and Bajaj Platina in the Indian market.
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