Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India is actively working on its plans to introduce electric vehicles in the coming decade, and now, we have the concept version of the electric scooter. Dubbed the SC e, it is set to make its global debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, with the Speciality Sports, SUSTANIA-C, POCKET, and the CI-MEV also being showcased at the show. The Japan Mobility Show 2023 is scheduled to take place from October 25 to November 5 (Press days: October 25 to 26, Public days: October 28 to November 5, 2023). While the official details will be out soon, we suspect that the SC e Concept EV will preview one of the future electric vehicles that Honda is planning to launch in 2024 in India. In its detailed plan involving two new electric two-wheelers slated for next year, Honda said that one of the EVs will be based on a mid-range, fixed battery construct, whereas the other will get a swappable battery unit.
Besides, we also know that the first electric vehicle from Honda stable will go on sale in March 2024, likely to be the Activa Electric. This will be followed by the launch of another vehicle in September next year. The upcoming electric two-wheelers will be locally produced at the company's Narsapura plant in Karnataka, to keep manufacturing costs in check. With this, Honda aims to cross the 10 lakh EV production milestone by 2030.
The Honda Activa Electric, which is currently under development, will come with a fixed-type battery, while its top speed is claimed to be around 50km/h. It will be an India-specific offering based on the Activa 6G. However, the motor and battery specifications will be revealed closer to the launch date.
Honda SC e Concept
Coming back to the Honda SC e, the concept vehicle will preview the future electric scooter. This concept vehicle gets battery-swapping technology, eliminating the waiting time for battery charging. It is powered by two Honda Mobile Power Pack e units. Honda says that the SC e is one means of expanding the use of renewable energy while offering a smooth and powerful ride unique only to an electric motorcycle.
Honda Specialty Sports Concept
Along with the SC e, Honda will also display many concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show, including the Speciality Sports SUSTANIA-C, POCKET, CI-MEV, and the Prologue Prototype. The Honda Speciality Sports will be a born EV sports car, which is claimed to offer the 'pure joy' of driving and allow the driver to transcend the constraints of time, even in the era of electrification for carbon neutrality and the popularisation of automated driving technology.
Other mobility concepts to be displayed at the show include the eVTOL, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, the Avatar Robot, the UNI-ONE, etc.