Honda, the renowned two-wheeler manufacturer in India, has been dominating the scooter market for years with its flagship model, the Activa. Known for its reliability, practicality, and affordability, the Activa has earned its place as a household name in India. However, with the growing demand for eco-friendly transportation options, Honda is set to make a significant stride in the industry by introducing its first electric scooter in India – the Honda Activa Electric. Anticipated to be launched in December 2023, the Honda Activa Electric is expected to have a price tag of around Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom). Now, let’s delve into some of the exciting features that the Honda Activa Electric will boast:
While it will retain the familiar design of the current Activa, the electric variant will feature an advanced electric powertrain to replace the traditional engine. The electric motor will be ingeniously positioned on the swingarm, similar to the Hero Vida V1, enabling the e-scooter to reach an estimated top speed of 78 kmph.
Honda has remained tight-lipped about the specific battery capacity and range per charge of the Activa Electric. However, it is speculated to fall within the mid-range segment with a fixed battery pack. To ensure a seamless charging experience for users, Honda has partnered with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to establish a network of battery swapping stations at HPCL petrol pumps across the country.
LED headlamps and tail lamps: The e-scooter will sport energy-efficient LED lights that not only enhance visibility but also add a touch of style to the vehicle.
Fully digital instrument cluster: A state-of-the-art digital display will provide essential information such as speed, battery level, range, odometer, trip meter, and clock. Moreover, the display will incorporate Bluetooth connectivity and navigation features to enhance user convenience.
Anti-theft warning system: Owners can rest assured of the Activa Electric’s security, as it will come equipped with an anti-theft system that notifies the owner of any unauthorized access or tampering. Additionally, owners can remotely lock or unlock the e-scooter using a dedicated smartphone app.
Fast charging capabilities: The e-scooter will offer fast charging options, allowing users to recharge the battery in a shorter time frame. The exact charging time and power output details are yet to be disclosed by Honda.
Eco and power riding modes: To cater to various preferences, the Activa Electric will come with two riding modes – eco and power. The eco mode will optimize battery usage, thereby extending the range, while the power mode will provide a performance boost with improved acceleration and speed.
Ample storage space: Honda understands the importance of storage capacity for everyday usability. Hence, the Activa Electric will feature a spacious under-seat storage compartment capable of accommodating a helmet or other items. Additionally, the e-scooter will include a front glove box and a hook for carrying bags or groceries.
Competitors of Honda Activa Electric:
As the Activa Electric enters the market, it will face stiff competition from other electric scooters available in India, such as:
TVS iQube Electric: TVS’s electric version of the popular Jupiter scooter, launched in January 2020. It boasts a 4.4 kW electric motor, a top speed of 78 kmph, and a range of 100 km per charge. Priced at Rs. 1.25 – 1.61 Lakh.
Bajaj Chetak: A revival of the iconic Bajaj Chetak scooter, launched in January 2020. It comes with a 4.08 kW electric motor, a top speed of 95 kmph, and a range of 128 km per charge. Priced at Rs. 1.22 – 1.43 Lakh.
Ather 450X: A flagship electric scooter from the Bengaluru-based startup Ather Energy, launched in January 2020. It is powered by a 6 kW electric motor, attains a top speed of 116 kmph, and offers a range of 165 km per charge. Priced at Rs. 1.28 – 1.49 Lakh.
The introduction of the Honda Activa Electric is part of Honda’s grand plan to launch ten EV two-wheelers in India over the next five years. The Japanese automaker is committed to providing sustainable and affordable mobility solutions to Indian consumers, and the Activa Electric marks a significant stride in that direction. As the electric vehicle landscape continues to evolve, Honda’s commitment to eco-friendly mobility is undoubtedly commendable, and the Activa Electric is expected to make a notable impact in the ever-growing Indian electric scooter market.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q.1. When is the expected launch date of the Honda Activa Electric in India?
The Honda Activa Electric is expected to be launched in September 2023.
Q.2. What will be the estimated price of the Honda Activa Electric?
The e-scooter is anticipated to have an estimated price of Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
Q.3. What is the top speed of the Honda Activa Electric?
The Activa Electric is likely to achieve a top speed of around 78 kmph.
Q.4. What features will the digital instrument cluster offer on the Activa Electric?
The fully digital instrument cluster will display speed, battery level, range, odometer, trip meter, clock, and have Bluetooth connectivity and navigation features.
Q.5. Is there any security system on the Honda Activa Electric to prevent theft
Yes, the e-scooter will come equipped with an anti-theft warning system that alerts the owner in case of unauthorized access or tampering.
Q.6.. Will the Honda Activa Electric have fast charging capabilities?
Yes, the e-scooter will have fast charging options to allow quick battery recharging.