Honda accelerates Zero Carbon plan : ten electric models by 2025
OCT / NOV ’ 22 ISSUE # 169
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With deadlines for the demise of the internal combustion engine starting to appear around the world , motorcycle makers are under pressure to switch to electric power . Honda is the latest to come forward with bold plans that start with an onslaught of at least ten new electric models by 2025 . Honda plans to reach annual electric motorcycle sales of one million per year within five years and 3.5 million per year by 2030 . That would be 15 % of Honda ' s present global motorcycle sales . Honda will unveil two ' commuter ' electric motorcycles between 2024 and 2025 for markets in Asia , Europe and Japan , plus five lower-performance electric mopeds - with top speeds between 25 and 50 km / h - and lower-performance ' electric bicycles ' with top speeds under 25km / h . Honda also plans for ' FUN EV ' models , launching in Europe , Japan and the US between 2024 and 2025 . These higherperformance models are represented in silhouette form in images that accompanied the announcement . The
three bikes include a maxi-scooter , a retro-inspired roadster taking cues from the ' Neo Sports Café ' look adopted by the CB650R , CB125R and CB1000R , and a lower-slung , cruiser style bike . In stance , the bikes are reminiscent of the Honda Integra , NC700 and CTX700 models of a few years ago - all based on the same platform , but targeting very different customers . Honda also plans
an eleventh model , the Kids Fun EV , which will be an off-road minibike aimed at children in Europe , Japan and America . The technology will see the battery , PCU and motor combined into a bike ' s body for improved efficiency and reduced costs . Solid-state battery technology is due to appear in prototype form by 2024 and reach production in the second half of the decade . They use a solid rather than liquid electrolyte and promise to be safer , faster charging , lighter and more power-dense than current technologies . Honda has also reiterated its support of battery-sharing tech , based on a standardised , swappable battery pack - as seen with Honda ' s Mobile Power Pack ( MPP ), used in the PCX electric scooter , Gyro-e and Benly-e in Japan . Along with Kawasaki , Yamaha and Suzuki , Honda has established a standard for swappable batteries in Japan and is working with European manufacturers to create a similar standard in Europe , with the aim of creating an ecosystem of battery-swap stations to allow instant refills . Despite all this , the internal combustion engine isn ' t being forgotten . As the basis of Honda ' s success , the company is working to develop low-CO2 and carbon-neutral ICE models , introducing flex-fuel bikes in India , with E20 ( 20 % ethanol ) compatible machines in 2023 and E100 ( 100 % ethanol ) models in 2025 . Honda already has 100 % ethanol bikes on sale in Brazil .