- The Honda EM1 e will make its debut in Europe next year
- However, there’s no clarity on an Indian launch as of yet
- Honda has a total of ten e-scooters in the pipeline
After announcing a total of 10 electric scooters meant for the future not too long ago, Japanese automaker Honda unveiled the first of the lot, known as the EM1 e. The company revealed the e-scooter at the 2022 edition of the EICMA event in Milan, Italy.
Honda said the EM1 e is headed to Europe next year, though there was no release timeline available for other markets. What makes Honda’s first e-scooter stand out from the crowd is the fact that it comes with swappable batteries. Interestingly, this tech is currently being tested in India.
Honda EM1 e features, design, and range
Surprisingly, Honda didn’t offer a lot of information on the features and specifications of the EM1 e. But the company did share some images of the e-scooter, giving us a decent idea about its design. As per the automaker, the name EM1 e roughly translates to an electric moped, which makes sense given the popularity of mopeds across many European countries.
Honda utilises a hub-mounted motor for the EM1 e, complemented by a 12-inch front wheel and a 10-inch rear wheel. An LCD screen is also available, and the company has decided to deck up the scooter with LED lighting.
The aforementioned removable battery pack is capable of running 40 kilometres per charge, which is low compared to conventional e-scooters. However, customers likely won’t mind this too much, given the ability to easily swap the onboard battery unit.
What are Honda’s plans for the Indian electric scooter market?
While the automaker hasn’t provided details on the EM1 e’s potential release in India, it’s likely the company will have a similar version available for the Indian market sometime in the future. It feels like a missed opportunity to not include India in the list of countries to get Honda’s first e-scooter, but that could change soon.