While the 2019 Honda PCX Hybrid scooter, priced at RM13,499, was recently launched in Malaysia, Honda Japan will be starting lease-sale of the PCX Electric on 30 November. Currently restricted to the Japanese domestic market and targeted at corporations and sole proprietors, Honda has said there are plans to extend the PCX Electric to South-East Asia, starting with the Philippines.

The lease-sale plan will allow Honda to measure electric scooter demand and usability for both business and personal use via rental and sharing services. Initial roll-out of the PCX Electric lease-sale model will begin with a bike-sharing service in Tokyo as well as a tourist resort bike-rental service in early 2019.

Based on the current model Honda PCX scooter, the PCX Electric contains two removable 48-Volt lithium-ion 20.8 Ah battery packs that give up to 41 km range. Power comes from an EF01M Interior Permanent Magnet (IPM) motor that produces a maximum of 4.2 kW at 5,500 rpm, or the equivalent of 5.63 hp, and 18 Nm of torque at 500 rpm.

Charging time for the PCX Electric’s twin battery packs takes about six hours using the standard cable connector or four hour with an optional external charger. Some modifications have been made to the PCX Electric to accommodate the IPM motor and battery packs, with upgraded rear suspension and different swingarm while still preserving the original wheelbase of the PCX scooter.

Braking is done with a hydraulic disc on the front wheel and drum brake on the rear, with ABS as standard equipment and overall weight of the PCX Electric is 144 kg. The Honda PCX Electric will come in only one colour option – Pearl Glare White with Candy Blue accents.