Honda plans to deliver about 100 of these vehicles–developed for businesses dealing in short runs of heavy cargo, such as delivery services–between December 2010 and March 2011 to partnering businesses in order to collect riding data and to start lease sales of the EV-neo to general businesses and individual business owners in April 2011.
The scooter sports a range of around 21 miles on a charge and despite its demure stature, is billed as leveraging a motor that–even with the fold-out cargo bed loaded–generates high torque to achieve “powerful starting and hill-climbing performance.” It makes use of technology developed for the Insight–including an in-house manufactured motor and a lithium-ion battery–and an exclusively developed quick charger enabling full recharge in 30 minutes (in a 77°F environment) for convenient re-charging throughout the business day.
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