Honda has launched the new PCX Hybrid, claimed to be the world’s first two-wheeled hybrid, in Indonesia. PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM), the local two-wheeler arm of the Japanese major, will produce the premium green scooter at its Sunter plant in Indonesia. The PCX Hybrid has a retail price of 40.000.000 Indonesian rupiah or Rs 190,982.
Hybrid technology kicks in on the 149.3cc PCX Hybrid when the rider turns the gas lever in fast motion, triggering the assist motor powered by a lithium ion battery to increase torque, and in turn more responsive acceleration. The premium scooter is equipped with ABS, full-digital panel meter that depicts complete information through additional riding mode feature, battery charge level, and lithium battery indicator.
The Honda PCX Hybrid has a riding mode on the left handlebar. This riding mode works when the assist motor gives support power. There are three riding modes: ‘D’ is for drive mode where the rider gets performance along with comfort and fuel efficiency (standard mode when the motorcycle is running); S for sport mode which enables a more optimum performance; and for idling mode, the rider can stop the function of idling stop system feature (power support will be the same as D mode).
The Honda PCX Hybrid has LED lamp application for all lighting. This model is also equipped with Enhanced Smart Power (eSP), a minimum friction technology and engine cooling efficiency. The scooter gets a DC socket for power charging, which is located inside the front console box. Other highlights include a Honda Smart Key integrated with an anti-theft alarm and an Answer Back System.
As regards functional features, the PCX Hybrid has an 8-litre fuel tank, fuel cap and seat opener switch integrated with ignition key, seat stopper feature to avoid the seat closing on its own when the rider stores or pulls things out, ergonomically convenient riding stance and a rear double suspension.
Speaking at the product reveal a few days ago, Toshiyuki Inuma, president director of AHM, said: “The all-new Honda PCX Hybrid gives a different riding experience through its advanced performance and classy features wrapped with innovation in technology that has never existed before in Indonesia.”
Johannes Loman, executive vice-president director, AHM, said, “The all-new Honda PCX Hybrid, which is produced by Indonesian people, shows our readiness to face motorcycle development through the application of hybrid technology. The skill and competency of Indonesian technicians in our factory on producing the first motorcycle with hybrid technology in Indonesia is also completed by our network readiness to accompany our customer to take care of their Honda hybrid motorcycle with the best aftersales service.”