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Development of an electric scooter for practical use

JSAE Review
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Abstract The new electric scooter which has been developed by Honda complies with the Japanese regulation for motorcycles with a maximum displacement of 50 cm 3 or with limited rated power of 0.6 kW. The acceleration from 0 to 200 m in 17.3 s is similar to that of a scooter with a gasoline engine in the same category, and the travel distance of 35 km per charge in the urban area driving mode is sufficient for practical use. This performance was achieved by adopting a high performance NiCd battery, DC brushless motor, belt torque converter, low rolling resistance tire, etc., while pursuing the optimum combination of these components. The cycle life of the battery has exceeded 300, which corresponds to the estimated life-time traveling distance of a conventional scooter.

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