Honda to lease electric scooters from December

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Honda to lease electric from December

A woman Honda Motor Co.’s new scooter EV-neo at Honda’s facility in Wako, a Tokyo Japan, Tuesday, April 13, The green fad in Japan is expanding cars to bikes with zero-emission super-quiet electric super scooter. Honda to start leasing the scooters _ the of a 50cc gasoline-powered bike _ in and says its target market is that make deliveries, as newspapers and pizza parlors. (AP News) / AP

WAKO, Japan The green fad in Japan is expanding cars to bikes with zero-emission super-quiet electric scooter.

The EV-neo, shown Tuesday at Motor Co.’s research in this Tokyo suburb, around emitting just a whirring sound, with of a motorcycle’s gritty growl.

plans to start leasing the — the equivalent of a 50cc bike — in December and its target market is companies make deliveries, such as and pizza parlors. The EV-neo has a range of 30 kilometers (19 miles) on one

Honda, this nation’s No. 2 has a booming motorcycle division and popular cars such as the minivan and Insight hybrid.

The gives Honda a chance to an electric vehicle, an area it has been less aggressive rivals such as Nissan Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Honda General Manager Inuma.

The motorcycle is a more business, and it allows us to try out more said Inuma.

Overseas and sales to individual consumers for are still undecided.

Honda plans to lease the instead of selling them and to set a price will that cost less than a bike over three including gas prices — a that would be about yen ($6,000) to 800,000 ($8,000)

Interest in getting around is growing in Japan and government for hybrids have made Motor Corp.’s Prius the top-selling car for nearly a year.

manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co. is planning an electric motorcycle for summer, although pricing and details have not been

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Inuma said some will want to send a message by using the EV-neo.

The potential in China is huge, but the EV-neo price down to levels for such markets be hard, Inuma said.

may face stiff competition Chinese manufacturers who already are out 22 million battery-powered bikes and a year priced at 1,700 to yuan ($250 to $450). are for domestic use but exports to other markets have soared.

Still, Inuma boasted the is not only quiet and green, but it doesn’t smell greasy, and may a hit in industrialized nations.

It takes hours to recharge fully a regular home outlet, and about 80 percent in 20 minutes a special machine. EV-neo up to 30 kph (19 mph), and runs on lithium-ion from Japanese electronics Toshiba Corp.

Honda more than 130,000 gasoline-powered scooters in Japan year, accounting for more half the market.

The Associated Press

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