HONDA ACTIVA 6G – WILL IT BE AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER
Honda Activa 6G could be an Electric scooter by Honda 2 Wheelers. Priced under 1 lakh rupees with an expected range within 100 Kms.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) is the only company in India and even in the world to add 1 million incremental 2 wheeler sales in one year. India is already the Number One contributor to Honda’s global two-wheeler business. Honda 2Wheelers India sold a total of 5,51,601 units in May 2018 with 3% growth compared to 5,37,035 units in May 2017. Exports grew by a massive 22% to close at 32,529 units in May 2018 from 26,654 units in the same month last year. The company has already announced that they will invest close to Rs 800 crore for double digit growth for the coming years in India. Honda might soon catchup the “Going Electric” trend with their upcoming Honda Activa 6G.
Before we start talking about Honda Activa 6G, let us see how Honda was able to build traction in India. Activa is a super successful blockbuster scooter in India and the 5th generation of Activa aka Activa 5G which was recently launched. The all new Activa 5G is a feature packed scooter keeping the good old legacy of Activa . New Honda Activa 5G features full LED headlamp and position lamp which is the first-in-industry feature for a 110cc scooter in India. The 5th generation of Honda Activa 4G gets next generation looks like new front chrome garnish. Activa 5G has been introduced in 2 new color variants. Can consumers expect a complete refresh in the upcoming 6th generation Honda Activa 6G?
Honda Activa 6G – The Upcoming Electric Avatar
Considering the popularity of the Activa series, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) is most likely to introduce a 6th generation Activa soon. The upcoming electric based scooter is likely to be called as Honda Activa 6G . The legacy of Activa will be more exciting if Honda addresses the rapidly growing electric vehicles market by bringing the 6th generation Activa in electric powertrain. According to the CEO of Honda 2 Wheelers, the company’s major objective will be on getting the pricing, driving range, and performance right.
Honda Activa 6G Mileage
The company has planned to offer a minimum range of 100 KMs on a single charge if it brings a EV scooter for the Indian market. The first such high range electric scooter could be the Honda Activa 6G. The company is currently working on an electric scooter from Honda’s headquarters in Japan to develop an electric scooter for countries like India .
Honda Activa 6G and Competition in India
Launching an electric scooter like Honda Activa 6G should help the bike manufacturer to hold on to its glory which the company is enjoying now. Talking about the competition, other manufactures have already set to take the EV mantra. Manufacturers like The Hero group, which was the former partner of the Japanese two-wheeler giant, is also active on its electric two-wheeler plans.
Royal Enfield is also looking into the electric technology. TVS Motor Co. has already in the game with its Scooty Teenz electric. Bangalore based electric startup ATHER energy has already launched their first smart electric scooter340 and 450. Ather has also introduced charging infrastructure for electric vehicles AtherGrid in Bengaluru. All the manufacturers are now busy working on the electric two-wheeler side since market for electric scooters are gaining traction.
Honda Activa 6G Price
Companies like Ather are testing the waters by introducing 450 and 350 in the Indian EV market. This shall provide Honda a good market feedback for its pricing strategy. The price of upcoming Honda Activa 6G Electric scooter can be somewhere less than 1 lakh rupees.
HONDA TO INTRODUCE NSF 250R MOTO3 BIKE IN INDIA
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has announced that it will introduce the NSF 250R Moto3-spec bike in India to promote motorsports in the country. The Honda NSF 250R Moto3 bike will make its India debut by 2019. Honda will also start an exclusive racing series on the NSF 250R from 2019.
The upcoming Honda NSF 250R racing championship will be an ideal platform for young racers in India to showcase their talent at the national level. Honda also aims to produce a world-class rider from India to compete with the best riders around the world in Grand Prix racing.
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The Honda NSF 250R draws power from a 249.3cc single-cylinder engine that produces 47.6bhp and 28Nm of peak torque. It is an incredibly light motorcycle with a dry weight of just 80kg. The NSF 250R is developed by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) to replace the two-stroke Honda RS 125R.
Honda is a global leader in motorsports with over 750 Grand Prix wins under its belt. To replicate the same success, all Honda Group of Companies including India, have formed three new teams exclusively for Asian riders in international racing championships.
Honda Asia Dream Racing will compete in the historic Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race and JSB1000 class of All Japan Road Race Championship. The second team, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia is a platform for Asian riders in Moto2 and Honda Team Asia in Moto3 class of FIM Road Racing Championship.
The Moto3 and Moto2 are the stepping stones to MotoGP, the most premier class of circuit racing. Honda India dreams of an Indian rider representing the country in these teams.
Honda has been in the Indian motorsport scene since 2008 when it commenced the Honda One Make Racing Series. In May 2018, the company started a new rider development program called as the Honda India Talent Hunt. The talented young riders will be trained in Honda’s racing academy and the selected riders will compete in the Honda India Talent Cup.
President and CEO and HMSIL Minoru Karo said, “It is my dream to see an iconic Indian compete in Grand Prix level racing. With a clear development path and structured approach to nurture riders in place, we now want to take Indian motorsports to the next level. Honda will introduce the Moto3 machine NSF 250R as competition bike in India next year.”
Vice President, Brand and Communications, HMSIL, Prabhu Nagaraj said, “Setting a new benchmark, the highly successful NSF 250R starts a new chapter in Indian motorsports. Acknowledged globally as a stepping stone for budding champions, NSF 250R will be a huge step up for Indian riders.”
Thoughts On The India Debut Of Honda NSF 250R
Honda has been an active player in the Indian motorsports scene and the company has taken a step ahead by deciding to introduce the Moto3-spec NSF 250R bike. With a world-class bike, the talented Indian riders can hone their skill and can step up their game. It will be a golden opportunity for all the budding riders in the country.
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