From electric mobility to expanding exports, HMSI has a lot in store for the future.
HMSI (Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India) has revealed that it will be transforming its business for the future and part of that transformation will include flexi-fuel motorcycles, electric mobility solutions and the expansion of global exports from its plant in Manesar.
Flexi-fuel motorcycles will be able to run on fuels ranging from E22 (22% ethanol) to E100 (100% ethanol). The benefit of ethanol is that it is kinder to the environment, with fewer emissions and is more affordable than petrol. It isn’t as efficient as petrol though, which could be a drawback. However, Honda has seen success with its flexi-fuel offerings in other emerging markets like Brazil and plans to do the same by launching a flexi-fuel motorcycle in the entry-level commuter segment.
The second big news from HMSI is its foray into being an energy provider. Honda will introduce the e:Swap battery swapping system in India, offering other manufacturers to adopt Honda’s battery tech and benefit from the e:Swap network. Initially, e:Swap will roll out in Bangalore and Honda has tied up with HPCL and Bangalore metro to set up the first seven swapping stations. This will be followed by other cities.
Global export hub
Honda will be using its production facility in Manesar, Haryana to be a global hub for exports, producing motorcycles not only for other emerging markets but also for developed countries across the world.
Honda and HMSI are also hand in hand to achieve carbon neutrality for all its products and services by 2050 and for that, operations here in India are also being pushed toward being more sustainable. Honda is also aiming for zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles by 2050, by increasing the safety of motorcycles and rider awareness as well.