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Electric Honda Cub & Scooter Set for Tokyo

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Honda EV-Cub Tokyo Motor Show concept
Honda EV-Cub Tokyo Motor Show concept
It's already sold 65 million Cubs that burn gas. Can Honda unleash the best-selling electric vehicle of all time too?
Honda went on the record December 2008, when CEO Takeo Fukui said his company would produce an electric motorcycle in about two years time (Honda Plans for Electric Motorcycle). Now Big Red has unveiled two potential EV models – the EVE-neo scooter and EV-Cub. Both units will make their official debuts at the upcoming 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, October 24.

Honda EV-Cub

Should Honda enter the electric motorcycle market, it seems fitting that the Cub carry the charge. The most-sold vehicle in human history at 65 million and growing, the Honda Cub has already left a permanent mark on internal combustion transportation – could the Honda EV-Cub do the same in electric transportation?

The EV-Cub “electric motorcycle” will be one of the featured vehicles at the Honda Tokyo Motor Show booth in the HELLO! Zone. Standing for Honda Electric mobility Loop, the HELLO! display incorporates many facets of zero-CO2 technology. Honda describes the HELLO! Zone as: “a comprehensive display of Honda's electromotive technologies, including automobiles, motorcycles, power products, and more-everything from products that supply electricity to products that incorporate electronic technologies. By linking solar panels that supply electricity with battery electric vehicles that emit zero CO2 in use, Honda envisions the low-carbon society of the near future. In addition, each HELLO! vehicle features interactive communication technologies that showcase the fun ways in which mobility devices can interact with people and society.”

Next to the EV-Cub will be other Honda concepts, like the FCX CLARITY hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, EV-N battery vehicle, EV-MONPAL “personal mobility device” and the bizarre U3-X one-wheel device (for the skinny on this oddity check out the explanatory Youtube video from Honda below

Aside from being mentioned in the HELLO! display, frustratingly little information is available on the EV-Cub except some interesting photos. The new design sports Cub-like styling cues, although it looks exceptionally slim. It appears the EV-Cub may feature hub-mounted motors front and rear.
Honda EVE-neo scooter
Not as ground-breaking perhaps as its Cub sibling, the EVE-neo scooter is another all-electric design from Honda.

Honda EVE-neo Scooter

Another candidate for electric production to debut at Tokyo is the EVE-neo Honda scooter. It looks more conventional than the EV-Cub, though it’s difficult to make out many details from the photos. Honda’s explanation of the new design is terse, saying the EVE-neo scooter “achieves clean and tough performance that only an electric-powered scooter can provide.”

Also slated for display at Tokyo is the Honda PCX scooter, which features a “idling stop system,” which shuts down the IC engine at idle. As previously reported the PCX will be available in Taiwan and other Asian markets, as well as Europe and America (though the US version will not come without the headlining "idle stop" function.)

Again, details will await Honda’s release of more information. Stay tuned.
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Wisconsin Walt -Thanks, Mike!  October 6, 2009 10:57 PM
Thank you for the complement about being a liberal tree hugger. I am proudly all of that and more! As for staying away from "real" motorcycles, don't worry. I have no desire to ride what you consider to be a "real" motorcycle. Besides, I'm too busy having fun on my "real" BMW and my "real" Vespa to care. And let me assure you, I am not a figment of your imagination. You were talking about yourself when you said troll, weren't you?
Tina Juarez -HD, H-D & EV  October 6, 2009 08:18 AM
Finally! Something to make Mr Honda's spirits happy!! Go for it Honda!! Harley-Davidson riders have already accepted the All-Electric Killacycle at All-Harley Racing EVents and there are all-electric Hogs out there at EV rallies, so when H-D gets ready... It is pretty wild to see a Fleet of 5-7 Tesla Roadsters quietly zooming down a freeway in all four lanes at full speed... but a whole HOG chapter swooping down the road??? Can't wait to see that!!
milwaukee mike -wimpy walt  October 5, 2009 01:35 PM
You must be some liberal tree hugger. But as long as you stay away from real motorcycles then the world will be far safer for real people. (I know you are just a figment of some trolls imagination)

Thomas So Canada -WI Walt!  October 1, 2009 05:04 PM
You're much more civilized and exemplify a better decorum that MKE Mike. I however, doubt HD will produce anything electric and green. They are still tinkering with liquid cooling and just now perfecting push rod technology.
Wisconsin Walt -Honda electrics  September 30, 2009 11:07 PM
Hi, I'm Wisconsin Walt, Milwaukee Mike's alter-ego. These are some fantastic engineering exercises from Honda. It definitely shows their commitment to the green revolution that is under way. I wish Harley-Davidson made some cool electric scooters like these. Harley should be leading the pack in development of electric bikes, not ignoring the sea change that is happening. Just imagine - an entire HOG chapter riding something like the UX-3, or a pack of "Hell's Cubs" passing you on the road. Come on Willie G., design us something electric!