Honda has unveiled its first electric two-wheeler designed specifically for the European market, known as the 2023 EM1. This new model comes with a unique feature called the Honda Mobile Power Pack-e, a removable battery. The company aimed to create a distinctive design language for the EM1, setting it apart from their internal combustion engine (ICE) scooters.
With a target audience of young individuals and short-distance commuters in Europe, Honda has taken a strategic step towards its goal of introducing 10 or more electric two-wheelers by 2025. Additionally, the company plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.
To cater to the diverse needs of customers across different countries, Honda offers various options for acquiring the EM1. Buyers can choose to lease, rent, or subscribe to the scooter, battery, and charger. Honda takes responsibility for battery disposal and recycling, ensuring a sustainable approach to their electric mobility solutions.
Positioned as a high-quality urban mobility solution for shorter commutes, the EM1 utilizes the Honda Power Pack-e swappable battery network. It is available in three attractive color choices: Pearl Sunbeam White, Digital Silver Metallic, and Matte Ballistic Black Metallic. Despite its name including “Electric Moped” (EM), the EM1 does not feature pedals.
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2023 Honda EM1 electric scooter motor, battery and range
|Motor type||Brushless hub motor|
|Max power||1.7 kW (2.27 bhp)|
|Top speed||28 mph (45 km/h)|
|Battery dimension||198x177x156 (mm LxDxH)|
|Charger type||270W AC charger|
|Charging time (0-100%)||6 hours|
|Charging time (25-75%)||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Range (normal and ECON)||41.3 km and 48 km|
The lithium-ion battery included with the EM1 weighs 10.3 kg and has dimensions of 298mm (L) x 177mm (D) x 156mm (H). With a capacity of 1.47 kWh, the battery operates at 50.3V and 29.4 Ah. For charging convenience, an optional 270W AC charger is available, which can charge the battery from 0% to 100% in approximately 6 hours, and from 25% to 75% in about 2 hours and 40 minutes. The EM1 is equipped with a brushless hub motor, providing a power output of 0.58 kW (0.77 bhp) and a peak power of 1.7 kW (2.27 bhp). Its top speed reaches 45 km/h.
With this powertrain combination, the EM1 offers a range of 41.3 km in normal mode and up to 48 km in ECON mode. Honda ensures durability with 2,500 charge cycles.
2023 Honda EM1 dimension and suspension
|Chassis type||Underbone chassis|
|Weight||95 kg (including battery)|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm|
|Seat height||740 mm|
|Rear suspension||Twin shock absorbers|
|Brake type||Combi braking system|
|Front wheel size||12 inch|
|Rear wheel size||10 inch|
The entire scooter, including the battery, weighs 95 kg and is built on an underbone chassis. The dimensions of the 2023 Honda EM1 measure 1860mm x 680mm x 1080mm (L x W x H). It provides a ground clearance of 130 mm, a seat height of 740 mm, and a wheelbase of 1300 mm.
The EM1 features telescopic suspension at the front, twin shock absorbers at the rear, front disc and rear drum brakes with Combi Braking, a 12-inch front wheel with 90/90-12 tires, and a 10-inch rear wheel with 100/90-10 tires.
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2023 Honda EM1 electric scooter electricals
It is equipped with an LCD instrument panel and LED lighting throughout. The front LED signature daytime running lights (DRL) enhance the scooter’s modern and sophisticated design. Notable elements include a long seat, pillion grab rail, sleek and slender design, optional 35L top box, and flush foot pegs. The under-seat storage capacity is 3.3L, while the front luggage provisions can accommodate a 500ml PET bottle and also feature a USB Type-A port for charging.
EM1 owners have the flexibility to charge their scooters using an AC charger at home or take advantage of Honda Power Pack-e swapping stations, depending on their purchase type.
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