Electric is no longer the future; it’s already here, with every manufacturer keeping their hands busy working on the new platform as we speak. 

  • HMSI to work closely with Honda Japan to build a proper electric scooter.
  • The upcoming electric two-wheeler is expected to be based on the popular Honda Activa.

Due to the rapid growth of the electric motorcycle segment, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is set to launch its first electric scooter in India soon.

To ensure the progress of the upcoming electric scooter goes smoothly, HMSI will work closely with Honda’s headquarters in Japan to create the essential platforms for the Indian market.

Given the increase in petrol prices and dedicated subsidies for electric vehicles in India, the demand will likely shift towards electric motorcycles. As such, HMSI needs to develop a suitable platform for upcoming electric two-wheelers quickly.

In addition, HMSI has a hill to climb as a host of electric motorcycles are already available in the market, including Ola S1 Pro, TVS i-Qube, Ather 450X and Bajaj Chetak.

However, collaboration with Honda Japan will undoubtedly boost the brand’s establishment in the electric motorcycle sector.

According to the latest report, HMSI plans to debut an electric version of the highly popular Honda Activa; a motorcycle considered the most sought-after compact scooter in India.

The demand for a reliable and well-made electric motorcycle is currently high in India, and the close partnership could also expand HMSI’s reach to the Asian markets. 

Latest reports suggest that Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is planning to export the H’ness CB350 and CB350RS to other markets.


The report came after HMSI Director of Sales and Marketing, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, said that the CB350 is a motorcycle made in India for the world.

The H’ness CB350 gained a lot of attention after its introduction, with over 10,000 units sold in India alone.

HMSI expects the figures to be bolstered further by exporting the motorcycle to other parts of the world as small-displacement two-wheelers are currently in high demand, especially in Asia.


Guleria even went on to confirm HMSI has begun talks with Honda Japan so the exports can begin.

“Since this model is already meeting the European regulations, there are many countries where this model could be exported. So we are in discussion with our headquarters. Already the model is three months old in the domestic market, and there is interest from other Honda companies across the globe.

“We are working at the backend now to minimize this waiting period. But for sure this is one model which is Made in India for the world. There is big potential. We are waiting, and once we get a green signal from headquarters in Japan, we can start the exports. Potential does exist, and we are quite hopeful,” he said.

(source: ETAuto)


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