Honda electric Benly scooter was first revealed at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in October this year. One part of Honda’s e-technology program is Benly scooter which is now about to go into production. That’s the electric version of the Benly, a rugged delivery scooter that Honda currently markets to businesses in Japan. The Honda Benly E will be available to businesses’ customers in April 2020. The company claims.
The company plans to sell 200 Honda electric Benly scooters per year in its starting phase. However, four models will be available in the upcoming days. Revealing the company’s vision, the spokesman said that Benly E-I, Benly E-II, and the Pro versions of each of those Benly variants will soon go into production. The Pro versions will come equipped with a large front basket, knuckle guards, larger rear carrier, and a foot brake system.
More about Honda Electric Benly Variants
Talking about more specifically, the spokesman said Benly E-I will have a range of 87km in both of its regular and Pro variants. Meanwhile, the Honda electric Benly-II will have a range of 43km in both regular and Pro variations. Besides, all Benly electric scooters will come in one color i.e. Ross White. This will conjure the clean image of EVs -” Fresh as the driven snow” – says Honda’s representative.
Each Benly electric scooter sold will come standard with two Honda Mobile Power Packs, as well as two dedicated MPP chargers. Talking about the price, the representative reveals that Honda electric Benly scooters will start selling at 737,000 yen which is nearly $6,738. It’s the price for its base models. However, the Pro versions will cost around 748,000 yen which is around $6,839.
While the initial low production volume of these commercial scooters is something of a bummer, hopefully, it will change in the future. Here’s where it gets interesting.
Honda says that part of the reason it’s limiting the production number this way is to maintain a reasonable level of social responsibility. Businesses that want Honda Benly electric scooters in their fleets must sign a contract with the company. The contract states that businesses will cooperate with Honda’s collection of their used batteries. Electronic waste is a growing problem. And it will only become more pronounced as more people start using and replacing batteries in their EVs. It’s an admirable move on Honda’s part, and hopefully one it can sustain at greater volumes as it releases more electric vehicles into the wild.
So, what do you guys think about Honda’s this plan of action? Will it be the way to solve delivery crisis in Japan’s busy streets? Do let us know in the comment section!