Honda Begins Leasing EV-neo Scooters

It’s cute, it’s green and it’s bound to turn heads in the delivery business–it’s the Honda EV-neo electric scooter, and as of now, it’s available for lease sales in Japan.

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.

Honda Neo EV Scooter

image via Honda Motor Company

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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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.