Mike Stevens | Apr 14, 2010

HONDA HAS this week unveiled the 2011 EV-Neo electric scooter, announcing plans to offer lease sales to businesses in the Japanese market from December.

Targeting companies that offer a delivery service, such as couriers and food businesses, Honda says the EV-Neo was designed to provide the durability for ongoing daily commercial use.

While the Japanese manufacturer has not revealed specific output figures for its electrified scooter, it has confirmed that the EV-Neo will offer a cruising range of 30km from a single charge. Honda says that its performance figures will be on par with petrol-powered scooters in the 50cc class.

Power to the brushless electric motor is provided by a Toshiba-supplied lithium-ion battery, capable of reaching 80 percent of its maximum capacity within 20 minutes via a rapid charger. A normal power socket will see the battery fully-charged in four hours.

Pricing details have not been revealed, but Honda says the EV-Neo will be in the same price range as a regular 50cc scooter. The company has no immediate plans for an international launch.

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