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Honda to exhibit 2WD electric motorcycle at Tokyo Motor Show?

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September 30, 2009

The side view of the EV-Cub electric motorcycle

The side view of the EV-Cub electric motorcycle

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Honda has released images of several new eco-friendly two-wheelers it will present at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, including the EV-Cub electric motorcycle, the EVE-neo electric scooter and its previously-announced PCX global scooter, the first two-wheeler to employ an 'idling stop system'. The most interesting of the new eco-bikes is without doubt the EV-Cub, which employs what appears to be car2car and car2driver communications dubbed HELLO! (Honda ELectric mobility LOop) and a LOOP portable communication tool that fits in the palm of one’s hand and “allows people and mobility devices to communicate with each other.” The EV-Cub also appears to have electric motors in both front and rear wheels, indicating that it is almost certainly a two-wheel-drive (2WD) motorcycle. 2WD motorcycles are expected to become commonplace in the future as, like their 4WD automotive cousins, they offer traction advantages on loose surfaces and wet roads and improve rider safety, especially for learners.

Yamaha, Ohlins, Christini and KTM have been working on 2WD systems for motorcycles for almost a decade and have independently reported that the systems offer significant advantages for non-expert riders.

Honda’s press statement gives no clue to the EV-Cub’s technologies other than stating it’s an electric motorcycle, and will use Honda’s HELLO and LOOP systems.

The EV-Cub is also much thinner than a normal motorcycle, presumably making full use of an electric motorcycle’s lower power by requiring it to push around as little weight as possible.

Honda has previously indicated that it will have an electric motorcycle on the market by the end of 2010, so it’s reasonable to assume that although the machine is dubbed an exhibition vehicle, it’s a good guide as to what we can expect within 12 months.

PCX with 'idling stop system'

The PCX is equipped with a newly-developed low-friction, water-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder 125cc engine and is capable of achieving excellent fuel economy of approximately 50km/liter (ECE 40 MODE) according to Honda. The 'idling stop system', which automatically stops the engine when the motorcycle comes to a temporary stop, was adopted to improve fuel economy.

To be manufactured in Thailand, the PCX conforms the current exhaust emission standards in Japan, Europe and the U.S. by employing Honda’s PGM-FI electronic fuel injection system and a catalyst device in the muffler.

In addition to having the first stop-start system on a motorcycle, the PCX employs Honda’s ACG starter which combines a cell motor and alternating current generator and can be incorporated into a compact engine size as well as significantly reducing starting noise.

Finally, all PCX models will be equipped with the CBS (Combined Brake System for the front and rear wheels) and will be introduced not just to Asian market countries, but also to Japan, Europe and the U.S. as an affordable commuter model.

The EVE-neo

Nothing is known of the EVE-neo electric scooter other than that it “achieves clean and tough performance that only an electric-powered scooter can provide”. Images of the EVE-neo can be found in the image library.

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7 Comments

So...I wonder how much *THIS* electric bike will cost? $10k-$15k if previous electric bikes are any indication...

Ed

Ed
1st October, 2009 @ 12:06 pm PDT

three models of single seaters. Even the larfest of scooters looks to have only about 1/2 seat for passenger- not enough to be stable.

So yes, how many $K for a one rider steed?

I Would like to hear more about the com systems. Whats better than the old 1 and 2 band "c.b. type fm intercoms. Maybe they now are bluetooth like the headphones for music...? glitz, but no additional utility.

Tell me about the batteries!!!!!

waltinseattle
1st October, 2009 @ 04:57 pm PDT

I do hope the price on this thing is reasonable... with gas in America at $2.50/gal, it doesn't make much sense to go electric for most folks interested in cost savings.

Now, here in Japan (I live on Okinawa), where gas is about $8/gal, scooters are EVERYWHERE, and electric might make some sense. About a third of scooters carry passengers over here, and Honda might need to rethink the seat on that thing. But, from the looks of this scooter, it would fall into the mini-scooter category, where, I must admit, I don't see many passengers on that small size of scooter. They barely have the suspension to carry one, and definintely not two, riders. Most people carrying riders have the mid- or full-size scooters.

Cheers,

Doc

matthew.rings
1st October, 2009 @ 08:22 pm PDT

Thank you Honda for (possibly) validating the need for high quality electric scooters and motorcycles in the marketplace. Granted, they might cost a bit more than other brands that will claim to be a competitor, but to me it is all about quality.

I definitely would own and commute with the EV-Cub (in black or dk blue SVP), but not so much with EV-NEO. In fact, I would kill the NEO and put the money into developing a full line of accessories, and make it the sporty-value-buy of electric bikes. Oh, and make sure to keep it as light as possible, or make replaceable options (like regular bikes) to lighten up the load.

Personally, I am a big fan of electric bicycles, because they are so much more versatile, portable, repairable, and use far fewer proprietary parts. Another big factor is their portability; many can fold, have removable battery, weigh as much as a small child, and can travel on public transportation (bus/train).

For more information on electric bikes, scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles please visit the blog community know as VeloChef; http://velorep.com/velochef

Gary Ares
5th October, 2009 @ 05:36 am PDT

Mathew, thanks for seconding my "one up" observations.

Gary, thanks for the link. I have found a HOME. just had time to do a fast look about. Will be back to read it all. Like I said: home. Why indeed electrify? because its about minimaliusm of platform. Which does not need to mean minimalism of comforts and features. We keep getting super ego machines, super pricy machines, super niche machines. Is anyone else really committed to getting car riders out of the car? or is it just about a "sometimes when the weather is good, I can do an alternate ride"? Thats just adding to the stuff out in the parking places. Not my idea of a solution. (www. low kinetic human hybrid dot com is currently changing hosts and is down until that's done)

The honda, for students, for short rides beyond the small daily neighborhood when you need a pricvate ride, for this its great. I would not take her out for dinner and a movie. That's already overload!.

waltinseattle
5th October, 2009 @ 02:28 pm PDT

If anyone from Honda is watching this post, please update it as the original post was 5 month ago.

For anyone interested in How the Ebike industry can survive another year please visit the VeloRep blog; How the Ebike industry can flourish in 2010 & beyond (Part 1) http://bit.ly/dvVQEc

Gary Ares
24th February, 2010 @ 11:31 am PST

It's been a long time, but I finally bought Honda PCX, just delivered today. Every features it has is awesome. I really love the starter motor, a significant difference compared to other motorcycles.

I'm so excited, can't wait to take it for a long ride.

HenryDjunaedi
7th February, 2012 @ 09:33 am PST
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