The two eco-friendly scooters have essentially the same design language; India launch uncertain at the moment
The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show has proved out to be a good platform for automotive manufacturers across the globe to showcase their innovations. Out of these manufacturers, Honda is among the names that have impressed the visitors this time. At the motor show, the company has announced the electric and hybrid versions of its PCX scooter. The design language of both these scooters remains essentially the same. However, the drivetrains in both these models are different.
For those not in the know, Honda already sells the PCX 150 with an internal combustion engine internationally. The Honda PCX electric comes fitted with a high output motor that has been developed independently by the manufacturer. The scooter also comes with a detachable mobile power pack and a swappable battery system. The company is looking forward to standardise these two units across many of its models.
The swappable batteries in the Honda PCX electric are stored under the seat. The power and torque figures of this scooter are a mystery at the moment.
Now coming to the Honda PCX hybrid, the scooter is an example of newly developed hybrid system by the company. The company has employed a high output battery in the PCX hybrid along with an ACG starter. The company claims that the scooter delivers a ‘torqueful’ performance and hence, expecting a quick acceleration from this scooter would be safe enough.
The Honda PCX electric and PCX hybrid will go on sale in Asia and Japan next year. Talking of India launch plans, there is nothing concrete that can be said at the moment.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) had earlier revealed that it do has electric programs running in other countries. The brand had stated that despite this fact, there are no plans to introduce any electric model in India as of now. However, we do have a hope that the company will showcase some of its electric and hybrid concepts in India at the 2018 Auto Expo.