Unlike the four-wheeler segment, the two-wheeler category in the Indian automobile market is devoid of the electric choices – the only electric option available is Bajaj Chetak electric scooter. That said, manufacturers have now started taking the concept of electric mobility quite seriously. Take, for instance, Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India Private Limited (HMSI). The Japanese two-wheeler maker is rumored to be working on to bring an electric version of its best-selling scooter, the Activa. The product will be named Honda Activa electric and built to suit the Indian riding conditions.
The new Honda Activa electric is expected to get market launch in the upcoming festive season. The scooter will come with a range of 100 kilometers and in the economy mode, the rider can cover up to a decent distance of 180 kilometers in a single charge. In terms of specifications and features, Honda is expected to equip the Activa electric quite well.
The scooter will be powered by a 1000-watt motor and come with a top speed of 75 kmph. Another important parameter for the success of electric vehicles is the charging time they take to top up their battery. There is no official word on the charging time but speculations are rife that scooter will take eight hours to charge fully. Honda might also provide the facility of fast charging which reduces charging time to 2 to 3 hours from standard 8 hours.
The design is also going to be an important aspect of success as customers want their products to look and feel modern. Honda Activa electric will come with contemporary design and in order to keep the weight in check, the company will use the plastic body instead of the metal one. In terms of feature and equipment, new Activa electric will come with alloy wheels and for superior braking power, disc brake option will be available. Headlamp and tail lamp will feature LED elements for superior lighting – the feature that will be standard across variants of Activa electric.