You meet the nicest people on a(n electric) Honda
Papa Wealey writes: The production version of the Honda EV-Cub electric scooter, shown as a concept two years ago, is slated for production next year. The announcement came from President and CEO Takahira Hachigo, reconfirming that the company plans to launch a battery-powered scooter next year as part of a growing move toward electric vehicles. He also predicted that by 2030, some two thirds of the company’s cars will be fully electric or plug-in hybrids, and that bikes won’t miss out on the technology transfer.
“We are striving to promote the electrification of commuter models and we are planning to introduce some new models including an electric scooter in 2018,” Hachigo said. “We are currently working on the research and development of a highly convenient system for electric commuters, which feature a detachable mobile battery that is easy to replace and/or recharge. We are considering conducting demonstration testing of this mobile battery in collaboration with the Japan Post Co., Ltd. in Japan.”
According to Visor Down, there are rumors of ‘some new models’ rather than a single vehicle, which has been taken to mean a forthcoming range of electric and hybrid bikes. Rumor has also mentioned the next Goldwing as a possible hybrid platform, employing an electric motor to complement the four-cylinder combustion engine. This is the setup which was previewed in the Neowing trike. In addition, Honda’s collaboration with Mugen on the Isle of Man electric class winners again this year may signal high-performance sparky sportbikes in the near future … (read more)
Electric Hondas on sale in 2018
Ben Purvi writes: Predictions that electric bikes will be the next big thing have been commonplace for years now but the world’s leading manufacturers still haven’t committed to their production. Now Honda has finally shown it will be trying its hand in the electric bike market.
The firm has officially confirmed that the EV-CUB concept bike shown last year will be in production in two years’ time. Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo himself made the announcement, saying: “We are planning to introduce the EV-CUB, a mass-production model developed based on the EV-CUB Concept electric motorcycle, to the Japanese market about two years from now and then subsequently in main ASEAN countries, which have been the largest market for the Honda Cub Series.
“Building on the Cub models, which have taken deep root in people’s everyday lives, we will strive to popularize the EV and reduce CO2 emissions.”
The EV-CUB might be bold in its technology but its style is decidedly retro. The idea of taking the same global appeal of the original Honda Cub and injecting a modern, electric drivetrain could well be a wise one … (read more)
Electric motorcycles: Honda EV scooter in 2019
PLANS TO MAKE ALL THE MOTORCYCLE PARTS IN THAILAND
Jon Fernquest writes: Vice-president Suchart Arunsaengroj said the Thai unit is doing a local feasibility study feasibility study (noun) Meaning: when experts study in detail what is possible to achieve in a project or whether the project is possible Thai Translation: การศึกษาความเป็นไป [Learn more] including the production of parts and battery waste management.
“AP Honda plans to make all related parts of the electric motorcycles in Thailand with our commitment to introduce the first model under the electric platform in 2019,” he said. “Making eco-friendly vehicles is now the business footprint for Honda because the global trend is heading [in this direction].”
But Mr Suchat said the key stumbling blocks for Thailand in this field are heftyretail prices because the electric platform relies on a higher technology than conventional motorcycles. The Honda EV-Cub is available in Taiwan for 120,000-130,000 baht … (read more)