Honda Japan Testing Electric Scooters in Saitama Suburbs

The first production electric scooter from Honda to arrive in the prefecture of Saitama, the EV-NEO, has been introduced by Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service – for leasing only.  The electric scooter introduced into Saitama City are currently in use as official vehicles.  Their performance – as well as the level of noise they don’t make – will be evaluated as they are put into practical use in the “Regional EV Motorcycle Trial Program.”

The majority of the electric scooters are on loan to three newspaper shops located in Saitama City’s Minuma district, where their use includes the early morning paper deliveries.  How noisy they are and whether or not the residents’ living environment has been successfully improved will be evaluated during the performance survey.

Sumitomo Mitsui has provided five electric scooters outfitted with front baskets specifically for use by newspaper delivery crews.  Charging equipment has also been installed in order to assist Saitama City in performing its evaluation.

Saitama City is continuing its effort to promote electric cars as well as bicycles, with the campaign called the “E-KIZUNA Project.”  In addition to the motorcycles, electric taxis and shared electric cars have also been introduced to the city in order to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

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Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.