First Honda electric scooter launch is being looked at with immense interest as it has the potential to ignite the segment…
With India going through a massive electrification phase, truckloads of start-ups have come up that are focusing completely on electric 2-wheelers. From the top five biggest makers, only two – Bajaj and TVS currently sell electric scooters and Hero will join soon.
It is only a matter of time before others join the ranks. Honda, according to a latest online report, may be ready with its first scooter for our market by next year. It may open its innings with BENLY-e that was showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019. The scoot has already been spotted under ARAI testing in India and it is meant for commercial use.
India’s second-largest 2-wheeler maker has shied away from revealing any details of its EV that it aims to drop in India. Honda’s official entry in the EV sector will increase competition. Other existing players like Bajaj, Ola Electric, Ather, TVS will face tough rivalry from the Jap.
Honda has been in talks with supply chain partners to increase the local make by obtaining major components for the electric two-wheeler in India. This will allow Honda to price its products at competitive prices.
The automaker also has plans to export electric vehicles from India to other markets to which Honda Motor caters.
According to Atsushi Ogata, the President of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, they have plans to use Honda’s original mobile power pack technology in scooters as well as in e-rickshaws.
They are yet to work on the mobile power pack as they are still looking for appropriate partners to carry out the venture. The Jap is still carrying out the feasibility study for this.
Ogata further commented that they have plans to utilize the dealership network in India as battery charging points. Along with sales and service, the battery charging facilities will be beneficial for their business.