Honda’s First E-scoot For Europe Is Here!

  • May 16, 2023
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The EM1 e: tips the scales at only 95kg

Honda’s plan to introduce over 10 two-wheelers globally by 2025 is slowly taking shape as the brand has pulled the wraps off the Honda EM1 e:, its attempt at a funky yet eco-friendly commuter. But Europeans can’t buy this scooter yet, as it’s based on a subscription service. 

Powering this electric scooter is a 1.7kW (peak) motor with a 45kmph top speed. The 50V Honda Mobile Power Pack e: Li-ion removable battery promises a 41km range. But that can be extended to around 48km in the ‘Econ’ mode which basically caps the output and reduces the top speed. Honda claims that the battery can take over 2,500 charge-discharge cycles and can be charged from 25-75 percent in 160 minutes. Domestic charging is taken care of by a 270W air-cooled charger. 

The scooter’s suspended on a 31mm telescopic fork along with dual shocks. There’s a 190mm disc brake at the front and a 110mm drum one at the rear. But what’s very interesting is that it tips the scales at a miniscule 95kg, and that’s including the battery! In terms of features, there’s an LCD console, USB charging and a luggage rack. 

With this, Honda aims to capitalise on the subscription service. With a low up front costs, this service makes electric mobility a lot more affordable for the average consumer who otherwise has to splurge money on an expensive e-scooter. Plus customers will also not have to bear the burden of a depreciating asset. It also consolidates the process of buying and running a vehicle into just one monthly charge. As for the service, it begins from September this year.

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All in all, the EM1 e: does sound funky with quite some practical elements. But it’s unlikely to come to India. Honda has two EVs planned for India, one based on the Activa with a fixed battery pack and the other one, which will be a moped that will use swappable batteries. Here’s when the Activa Electric will be launched in India.

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