Indias second-largest two-wheeler OEM, Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India (HMSI) recently confirmed that they will launch a new electric scooter in the market. This urban e-scooter will be an indigenous product and will be called Honda PCX. Mr Atsushi Ogata, the President, Managing Director, and CEO at HMSI confirmed that they will begin the feasibility test for the upcoming scooter with its wide network of dealerships in the country, by the end of 2021. Here are all the details that you should know about the upcoming Honda PCX Electric Scooter.
Given how the current governments now offer subsidiaries to EV manufacturers, Honda is looking to tap into this opportunity. The Japanese manufacturer will also invest in the battery management system. HMSI along with the parent Honda Motor Company in Japan confirmed that the new EV will launch in the next financial year, 2023.
As far as the new product is concerned, Honda launched the PCX electric scooter at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. It was then later previewed in select dealers at a private event in 2020, and then they went on to register its patent in India this year in May.
The PCX urban e-scooter is a completely indigenous product. Honda has assured us that it will not be an electrified version of the Activa or Shine models. The design is futuristic and the overall appeal gives the impression of a powerful maxi scooter. The front apron looks large and with two integrated headlamps and an integrated windscreen. The side panels extend towards the rear section, and the floorboard is wide and split with a central spine. Other features include alloy wheels, front disc brakes with ABS, and rear drum brakes. The Honda PCX stands on telescopic forks upfront, and the rear section gets twin hydraulic shock absorbers suspension unit.
The PCX will be powered by a removable lithium-ion battery that they call, Honda Mobile Power Pack. The battery takes 6 hours to charge fully using a conventional charger, and 4 hours, if charged separately. Additionally, it comes with a 4.2 kW motor, and with this whole setup, the PCX can do a top speed of 67 kmph. It has a range of 41 km.
When launched in India, the Honda PCX will compete with the Baja eChetak, TVS iQube, Okinawa, Simple One, and the newly launched Ola electric motors. So, are you excited about the Honda PCX electric scooter, also, do you think that the PCX will be as successful as the Activa?
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