Honda EV-Neo, Test (Driving in Parc Ferme)

The test of the Honda EV-Neo not passed as any of the other tests that we had seen before. We will organize the sections of today Tuesday and Wednesday morning focusing more driving in Park closed with obstacles and braking and acceleration tests (today) to complete the practical test on Wednesday with a more cheerful in the circuit use evidence which has the Honda Safety Institute.

After the briefing and the corresponding talk we headed to a tent that Honda officials had mounted to protect us from hard sunlight falling on the track of HIS tests. In this tent we gather all, anxious and skeptical as I said yesterday, to observe as in groups of five different testers were alternating bikes to get the juice to that first electric scooter produced in series. Until I touch to my.

First riding position is like a conventional bike. No almost noticeable difference and comfort offering your seat is to be welcomed. The ground clearance is not much, 120mm, It is easy to reach to the ground for all users.

The first thing that occurred to everyone when we were expecting to go out and try it in the closed Park was give the fist of “ gas ” to see his reaction. And although the effect of sudden spurt that have all electrical appliances has not disappeared completely that it must be said that the first boot is much softer than usual in all types of electric vehicles. So it was to burn us all, small banging with electric accelerator to see how Honda EV-Neo was spending them. That Yes, a handful of gas all finesse, soft as the most.

After putting into operation the Honda EV-Neo scooter headed to the track of “ slalom ” to check that your steering angle designed to 50 ° enables us to Honda EV-Neo up to the limit of 1.7 m turning radius. There I checked that carry the battery under the feet is a successful step to achieve that this electric scooter is not a motorcycle heavy with difficulty to move sections of cars or according to which critical situations you’ll find when you city for an urban environment. That and its small size is what gives all the agility to overcome obstacles.

After the “ slalom ” passed to the acceleration and braking test. As we have said, the Honda EV-Neo is equipped with a lithium-ion battery. The maximum for this battery reaches the 2.8 Kw at 5000 rpm and has a range of 34 hours on a single full charge. That would be equivalent to an engine of a conventional scooter 50cc with the difference that its power delivery is much more linear and soft. It’s so linear, in fact, that it is hard to reach a speed of approximately 50 – 60 Km/h. The minimum you have a bit of headwind, the truth is that it costs you a little. And therefore that fair power at each wheel drum brakes are adequate and optimal, that Yes, with famous touch of old brake offering always the drum.

After hurry braking to the maximum until the stop bike – manoeuvre which is made longer by those drum brakes that I comment – touches to accelerate again from scratch and the feeling is that you costing quite. Obviously we are talking about a very small engine and a bike that is generally very heavy. And that, as you all know, translates into a costly acceleration. But the power delivery is very docile and gentle as well as be able to regulate the amount of “ gas ” that want to give and not being a bike “ on – off & #8221;.

And after follow the circuit marked by those responsible for Honda with the “ slalom ” and the test of speed, acceleration, braking, ended up with the part on CCTV taking an open curve marked by the radius of the area of the heliport that Honda has at HIS. It is interesting also that curve to test stability at a speed slightly higher than all the curves of the “ slalom ” and even than the curves of the track in which we move then and I will explain tomorrow. This curve allows you to see how good the stability of the bike is to “ high speed ”, i.e., to 50 Km/h more or less. Their tires and suspensions well endure through curve and the chassis, without being a wonder, does not give too many problems to the whole.

Finally, as a curiosity, called attention see the motorcycle tires of Taiwanese Chinese origin. Asking to Koichiro Honda, the project manager of the Honda EV-Neo, about being the first Honda motorcycle used tires from that country, answered us that you bike of itself already has expensive so they had to find new ways. That happened by finding tires that are tailored to high values of durability and resistance and to allow a good grip on asphalt. That Yes, with an economical price to be able to supply the fleet of Honda EV-Neo with a smaller investment than used for other models of the brand. These tires brand is Cheng Shin Tires.

In short, the test in the Park closed with obstacles, “ slalom ” and evidence of acceleration, speed and braking have shown already a fairly definite idea of how this electric scooter. Very soft, very docile, but somewhat lacking in power and braking having a so linear and progressive power delivery it’s been a bike that is a little slow. Not so, it ceases to be effective, and for use in city and to cover the fleets of institutions of each municipality think that it will be a good concept. It will be good to introduce these vehicles that allow a better care of the environment in this type of fleet, as it aims to Honda.

Tomorrow as pass to the closed-loop test, with the Honda test at full performance track to find the weaknesses and the strengths of this bike in a driving turns and curves more pronounced.