Honda’s first electric scooter for India – will it be this Benly e that has been spotted testing under ARAI, India…?
Upcoming electric scooter Honda Benly e has recently been spotted doing test runs for Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) on the road. This indicates that Honda may be considering it for our market.
This scooter will serve as a goods carrier and is targeted for business purposes. Its rear end has a flat surface that will effectively hold the goods. As it is a utility ride, mostly corporate firms dealing with lightweight goods delivery may procure the Honda Benly e.
Back in 2019, Honda unveiled 4 models of Benly e-scooter.
- Benly e I
- Benly e I Pro
- Benly e II
- Benly e II Pro
The models e I and e I Pro share the same 2.8 KW motor and offer a torque of 13 Nm.
The Honda Benly e II and its Pro variant carry a more powerful 4.2kW motor that can deliver up to 15 Nm of Torque.
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The Benly e I and its Pro variant can withstand loads of upto 30 kg while the other models e II and e II Pro can carry up to 60 kg of luggage.
The e II Pro also features a reverse assist that will help to smoothly move backwards while carrying the load. Even with goods loaded to full capacity, the Honda Benly can even scale hilly terrains at an incline of 12 degrees which is pretty impressive.
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The Honda Benly runs on two 48V lithium-ion batteries that feed the v electric motor. Users can detach and swap the batteries when they run out of juice.
Benly e I and e I Pro have a range of 87 km on a full charge. The e II and e II Pro models can manage to ride consistently up to 43 km when their batteries are charged completely.
Meeting the modern-day requirements, the Honda Electric scooter sports an LED-powered headlight, digital meter console, and power socket. The Honda Benly is available in only one color called as Ross White.
This scooter comes with 12-inch alloy wheels at the front accompanied by a 90/90-section tyre. The rear alloy wheel is a 10-incher supported by a 110/90-section tyre. Honda Benly has a kerb weight of 130 kg. Brake duty on the scooter is managed by Combi Braking System.
The Indian automotive segment has been seeing consistent growth in creating a demand for electric vehicles. Honda has big plans to tap into the electric automobile segment in the country. Recently, the Japanese automaker shared digital silhouettes of a few electric scooters and motorcycles that it plans to introduce by 2024.
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Along with business EV models like Benly, we also expect Honda to cater to the entry level commercial market soon.
Source – Motorbeam