Honda’s Zero Emission EV-neo Motor Scooter
BARCELONA– In the beautiful Spanish city that is literally abuzz with tens of thousands of two-wheeled motor vehicles, Honda announced today that the EV-neo electric scooter will make its European debut. A Demonstration Programme in conjunction with Barcelona City Council will get underway in early July 2011. EV-neo is a battery electric scooter with zero in-use CO2 emissions. Representing a significant development in its EV European activities, Honda will provide Barcelona City Council with 18 EV-neos for the period of one year.
Montesa Honda, Barcelona City Council and RACC, Spain’s leading Automobile Club will work together to carry out daily research and monitoring activities on the EV-neo’s usage in Barcelona. “We are delighted to bring Honda’s EV technology to Europe for the first time,” said Yukitoshi Fujisaka, President of Montesa Honda. “Testing the EV-neo in European conditions is an important step as we develop our EV activities.”
Alex Lucille Ramos, an American EV enthusiast who is planning a visit to Barcelona later this summer for a paella fact-finding tour, is hoping to participate in the Honda test. “I’ve been looking into buying a reliable electric scooter for some time. A Honda version would most probably meet my requirements,” said Ms. Ramos after learning about the Honda announcement and watching the new promo video. “Yeah, Barcelona, paella, and riding around on a zippy eco-friendly bike; that would be pretty groovy,” she added.
A wide range of incentives exist for EVs in Barcelona and with motorcycles accounting for 30% of all vehicles in the city, Barcelona was an ideal location for this Demonstration Programme.
The EV-neo is a battery electric scooter. It operates using a 2.8kw motor and a Lithium-ion battery. The EV-neo has a range of 34km at 30km/h on level ground* The regular charger takes the battery from zero charge to a full charge in approximately 3.5 hours** and is a highly portable unit that fits neatly in the cargo space beneath the seat of the EV-neo. The rapid charger fully charges the EV-neo in approximately 30 minutes**.
*Honda calculations based on predetermined test conditions (user results may vary based on weather, road conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, and other parameters).
**at ambient temperature of 25 °C
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