Honda to launch 2 electric two-wheelers with swappable batteries in India by FY2024

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) on Wednesday announced that it will launch two different electric two-wheelers with swappable batteries in India by fiscal 2024. The two-wheeler maker also said it will launch a mid-range electric two-wheeler. However, the car company did not say whether the upcoming EV will come in the form of a scooter or a motorcycle. The Japanese car company further said it aims to reach the milestone of producing one million electric vehicles per year by 2030.

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March 29, 2023 at 12:49 am

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) aims to produce 1 million electric two-wheelers per year by 2030. (Represented by Honda EM1)

HMSI further said that it will manufacture the two EVs for the Indian market at its Narasapura plant in Karnataka. Also, apart from the Indian market, the car company also plans to export these EVs to global markets. In addition to rolling out the electric two-wheelers, HMSI plans to roll out 6,000 touchpoints across the country, which will help electric vehicle owners recharge their batteries.

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Honda also didn’t say anything about the two upcoming electric two-wheelers. One of these could be an all-electric scooter based on the popular Activa range, while the other could be the Honda EM1e, which was shown at EICMA and can travel 40 kilometers on a single charge. The Honda EM1e has a replaceable battery.

Honda claims to be developing a dedicated platform for its electric two-wheeler. Named the E-platform, the architecture will be able to accommodate different types of electric two-wheelers, with both fixed and swappable battery technologies. Additionally, the automaker claims that the Narasapura plant will be a dedicated electric vehicle manufacturing facility.

Commenting on the brand’s EV strategy, HMSI’s managing director, president and CEO Atsushi Ogata said the company’s goal is for EVs and fuel cell vehicles to contribute 100 percent of the brand’s total sales by 2040 . “In line with Honda’s global direction to increase electric vehicle and fuel cell vehicle unit sales to 100% by 2040, we will continue to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines by introducing flex-fuel engines and following government guidance on alternative fuels, Simultaneously expand the electrification of models and ecosystems,” he said.

First published date: March 29, 2023 at 12:49pm CST

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