Auto-mobile companies and two wheeler manufacturers like Bajaj, Ather have their electric scooters available in the market for it’s customers and even some are outselling others and getting all sold out just within 24-48 hours. Where India’s top 2nd popular two wheeler company and Japan’s no 1 brand Honda is a latecomer. Honda PCX Electric scooter might launch this year. This scooter was introduced at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 and Auto Expo 2018 in India since then it is a planned production model.
Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, Bajaj Auto, Yamaha Motor India, TVS Motor in sequence as popularity in India. All five of these are top two wheeler manufacturer in India. But only Bajaj Auto and TVS Auto has yet launched their electric scooter not even motorcycle. This proves that EVs are still have not evolved so much.
Almost all existing auto-mobile makers already have started developing their next gen electric vehicles and many we have seen born just to produce EVs. Like Tesla, Ather, Zero, Revolt, etc. However Bajaj and TVS already have placed their electric scooters Chetak Electric and iQube in the market and are also working on electric motorcycles line-up.
Electric vehicle sales are growing rapidly worldwide, so in India. Many countries have declared full electrification by 2040. We all know that this is our future and we all have to pledge for it to save our planet and save our next generation, where we and they breathe fresh and pure air together and roam around green lands.
Honda PCX Electric Scooter looks more aerodynamic and design seems inspired by Suzuki Burgman. The design and colours are quite impressive with a comfortable driving position. Honda PCX Electric is an upgraded version of PCX Hybrid and comes with Honda’s unique high-output electric motor aiming for a more harmonious mobility performance in urban traffic. This scooter has two removable Honda Mobile Power Pack batteries.
With much action brewing in the 2-wheeler EV segment and increasing number of manufacturers already having introduced their EVs in the market such as Bajaj Chetak Electric, TVS iQube and others, Honda is little behind in the race. Honda is planning to launch an electric scooter and has already filed trademark rights in India to enter the domestic market from the brand’s international stable. With positive developments, Honda PCX Electric was unveiled at Auto Expo 2018 and is estimated to be launched by July 2021 in India with an expected price of ₹ 1.45 lakh.
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Honda PCX Electric is a stylish and sleek looking Electric Scooter expected to come in only one variant- Standard. The PCX Electric will come with twin-pod headlight setup, windscreen, split-style footboard, a step-up seat giving it an overall muscular stance. The PCX Electric is expected to come equipped with a 50.4V lithium-ion battery that gets charged in about 3 hours when charged in an EV charging station.
The top speed of PCX Electric could be 60kph, giving a range of 41kms/charge (which is a little lower in consideration to other scooters). It would come equipped with Honda’s idling stop technology. Honda PCX Electric would have an electric motor of 4.2kW which would generate a power of 5.7PS @ 5500 rpm and a torque of 18Nm @500rpm making it best suited for laid back commute. The batteries are positioned under the seat and are modular, swappable and removable making it convenient while lowering on the downtime for recharge.
The Honda PCX Electric has elegant classy lines, with a marble finish look, owing to its white colour. With elegance and sophistication, the front of the soon-to-be launched scooter houses LED headlight with built-in running lights along with recessed turned signals to finish the forward lighting. The large blackout windscreen comes fully vented for low turbulence travel and serves to protect the digital instrumentation from the elements.
The rear tail light is a trademark pc with a very distinct X down the centre flanked by flush turn indicators. It comes with a keyless system, decent storage space of more than 28 litres, along with a 12v socket that helps charge your phone or other gadgets. The passenger foot pegs are quite quirky, that fold flush with the bodywork of the bike when not in use.
The dashboard is an all-digital affair with an instrumental cluster of speedometer, digital clock, trip computer, large signal indicator along with a nice PCX logo that glows. The button feel is pretty premium with a chrome handlebar to add to the bling. The alloy wheels are 14 inch in diameter with 100×80 front wheel and 120×70 rear wheel tubeless tyres would come with a wheelbase of 1380mm.
It will have ABS-equipped disc brake in the front and drum-brake in the rear. The chassis is suspended by standard telescopic forks in front and unit wing arm at the back and has twin hydraulic shock absorbers. It would’ve a length of 1960mm, width of 740mm and ground clearance of 132mm. The PCX Electric has a seat height of 1095mm with a kerb weight of 131kg making it quite manoeuvrable in the city. The suspension combined with the seat gives a really comfortable ride.
Whether it is the design or the riding experience, Honda has done a pretty good job with PCX Electric moving it top notch for its competitors like Ather. It is extremely comfortable, with good looks making it more like a maxi scooter. It is truly beautiful and peppy. With more and more new entries coming each day in the EV 2-wheeler segment, let’s see how this upcoming launch of PCX holds up.
Honda PCX Electric and Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450X Scooter and TVS iQube
Comparing Honda PCX Electric with other launched electric scooters will not be transparent for now. But if we look at already announced details of PCX Electric the some of the features can be compared including value in market after launch and competition.
In India Bajaj Chetak is on the roll and selling on high numbers even all of it being sold in just hours. In other hand Ather 450X Electric is also on demand. Recently launched TVS iQube is also gaining sales with highest 1,000 sale alone in March 2021.
Honda outsells others in scooter department with it’s widely popular and demanding model Activa. No other company has achieved this sell mark as Honda Activa. So the question is will Honda persist their reputation in electric version of their scooter. Will customers of Honda in India buy the PCX Electric as they buy Honda Activa? Well time has answer and we have to wait. We can just predict according to data. If you ask us, then we can say definitely it is gonna give very big competition of Bajaj Check, Ather 450X and TVS iQube but can’t say that it will outsell as like Activa is doing.