Honda, a Japanese automaker, has revealed the specifications of the EM1 electric scooter. It will be the company's first electric scooter for the European market. The upcoming vehicle, which the company refers to as an electric moped, was showcased at EICMA 2022. After much anticipation, the firm has finally made its specifications public, probably to create a buzz in the international market. According to the company, the electric moped will be marketed as a standard electric vehicle for use in urban areas around the globe. On September 2022, Honda revealed its plan to launch 10 or more electric two-wheelers globally by 2025. According to reports, the EM1 is the first model of the 10 or more electric two-wheelers that the company intends to launch. Let's have a closer view of the specifications of the EV, which is slated for the European market first, followed by other countries.
Honda EM1 e: Styling & Features
The new EV from Honda features organic curves up front and an angular rear area. Other highlights of the EV are a digital dash, all-LED lighting, a bottle holder, a USB charger, a hook in the front apron to hang small bags, 3.3 litres of under-seat storage, and more. Additionally, included in the package is a rear luggage rack, and purchasers can add a 35-litre top box as an option.
Honda EM1 e: Battery, Range, and Charging
The electric scooter has a swappable battery: Honda Mobile Power Pack e, weighing about 10 kg. The battery takes about six hours to fully charge and about 160 minutes to fuel from 25% to 75%. The in-wheel motor has a 0.58kW output rating, a maximum power of 1.7kW, with a top speed of 45km/h. Further, 90Nm is listed as the maximum torque. Additionally, there is an Econ mode that restricts the power to 0.86kW, modifies the throttle response, and lowers the top speed. In standard mode, this battery pack produces a restricted range of 41 kilometre, however, when the Econ mode is used, the scooter's range is around 48 kilometre.
Honda EM1 e: Hardware and Dimensions
The EM1 has 100/90-10 tyres at the rear and 90/90-12 tyres up front. A 190mm disc with a single piston at the front and a 110mm drum at the back perform the braking functions. It comes equipped with a combined braking system (CBS). Dimensionally, the e-scooter measures 1,860mm in length, 1,300mm in wheelbase, and 740mm in seat height. The weight of the EV is only 95 kg (Battery included). Further, the ground clearance is 135mm.
Honda EM1 e: Will it Come to India?
As mentioned, the e-scooter will land on European shores first, followed by other nations. Right now, there is no official update on the introduction of the EV in India. According to the firm, this electric scooter intends to appeal to a young audience looking for simple, enjoyable, and emission-free urban transportation. Several industry reports indicate that Honda might not bring the EV to India as reduced riding range and top speed won't draw in buyers here. However, more exact details on the launch in our market are likely to emerge shortly.