Unfortunately Honda hasn’t started with a clean sheet design here, so they’ve had to stuff the batteries in under the seat which cuts the storage space.
Honda has actually teamed up with Yamaha on the battery side of this, so they’re using standardized and swappable batteries that are supposed to be compatible with a range of Honda and Yamaha machines in the years to come.
It’ll be interesting to see if it can last longer than the Elite 80 (1985 - 2007), which had an impressive 23 year run in North America.
No word yet on pricing for 2017 but there’s no reason to expect substantial changes.
These shows occur at almost the same time, so it’s the peak time of year for scooter news.
Thankfully 2017 did not disappoint with interesting concept and production machines from a wide range of OEMs.
This total of 49 models is less than last year (52) but the same as 2013, so scooter selection has been largely stable for the past few years.
Lastly, Yamaha has flip flopped with offering their TMAX since it was introduced in 2009, so unless it has more lives than a cat, this is likely the end.Honda has clearly finished updating the Ruckus and it’ll probably just live on until sales reach a certain point.It is still a great scooter - now entering classic territory - and seems reasonably popular.Vespa hasn’t disclosed the battery size, but they did say the range is 100km (62 miles), so we expect that comes from a battery size around 5k Wh.Vespa has designed this scooter for faster speed “level 2” charging, but not ultra fast charging, so it still takes 4 hours at best (and probably 8-12 hours at home).