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Honda looks to kick-start e-motorbike sales in Southeast Asia

With Indonesian debut near, motorcycle giant going electric in promising region

A Honda electric motorcycle is used by a Thai company in a trial. (Photo courtesy of Honda)

BANGKOK -- Honda Motor is launching its first electric two-wheeler models in Indonesia, seeing Southeast Asia as a promising market as the global motorcycle leader steps up its electrics business.

The EM1 e: scooter, which is also scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late August, will be the first electric two-wheeler made by Honda for the Indonesian market. The scooter will cost about 300,000 yen ($2,100) in Japan and has a cruising range of 53 kilometers.

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