Honda-Hero Electric case comes up at a time when Honda is planning to bring its electric vehicles in India…
Honda has been after Hero ever since its split in India. But this time it is up against a different Hero. Honda has sued Hero Electric over a design infringement issue. Hero Electric is a Munjal family run business, however, it does not have any business relation with Hero MotoCorp.
Honda has alleged that Hero Electric has copied a few styling elements on one of its scooters – Dash. Hero launched Dash in India in 2019 at a price of Rs 62,000. The Japanese maker says Dash’s rear cover and front and rear lamps infringe Honda Moove’s parts. Moove is an electric scooter sold by Honda in various countries but not in India (pictured above).
The court has heard Honda’s viewpoint on May 29 and has asked Hero Electric to respond to the allegations. The case is listed for hearing on 11 June.
Upon a casual observation, there appear to be a lot of similarities in design between these two scooters.
This comes at a time when Honda is planning to venture into the electric two-wheeler space in India. Based on the Government’s major push towards electric vehicles, many prominent makers have already bitten the bullet. Bajaj has officially launched its Chetak electric scooter and TVS has introduced iQube. They join a host of other models mostly offered by new start-ups.
Source – ET Auto