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Shanghai Customs have come up with this electric powered eCub 2 bike and kit

Shanghai Customs have come up with this electric powered eCub 2 bike and kit

A 1000 watt motor giving 28 miles of range

Serving 100 million happy customers, the Honda Cub is the first two-wheeler to cross such a mark. Now, the moped is being made at 16 plants spread across 15 countries around the world that serves customers in more than 160 countries. That is some mind-boggling numbers considering the popularity and logistics involved with the Super Cub.

Looking at the future, a Chinese custom house that goes by the name Shanghai Customs is offering their answer to the depleting dinosaur fuel and the increasing environment concerns - the eCub 2. It is a 1000 watt electric scooter that can make a swift 28-mile distance in one full charge. It also comes in a DIY kit to convert an existing Honda Cub to the eCub 2.

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Honda developing the EV-Cub with swappable batteries

Honda developing the EV-Cub with swappable batteries

Patent images shows the EV-Cub with two of such batteries

Serving 100 million happy customers is a well-achieved milestone for any business, and no other manufacturer but Honda could have made it seem this easy. Being the first two-wheeler to cross such a mark is the Japanese Red Wing’s Super Cub that began its life way back in 1958. As a matter of fact, 2018 bears a distinct significance for the Super Cub, marking its 60th anniversary.

Celebrating this feat, Honda has been planning an electric version of this mighty scooter with the “EV-Cub” showcased first during the 2009 Tokyo Show and the second iteration at the 2015 show. This little scooter is touted to become the first electric production model from Honda to hit the streets and the recent patent images re-stores the same faith.

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Honda unveils standardized batteries for EVs'

Honda unveils standardized batteries for EVs’

This means getting instant full charge just by plug-off-plug-in

Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of automotive solutions. Their recent significant development has been the introduction of electric vehicles onto the market and products and services supporting their sustainability.

Unveiled at the 2018 International CES, Honda showcases their brand new project, the Honda PCX Electric scooter and the replaceable batteries that can be standardized across all their EVs’ churning inside their factories in the future.

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Automatic transmission is on the prowl

Automatic transmission is on the prowl

And it is going to replace the manuals soon

Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?

Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.

Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:

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Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show.

A full electric scooter, a hybrid scooter and a bike that can balance itself.

There is no denial in the fact that people will eventually stop filling their vehicles with liquefied dinosaurs and shift to electric. Not because they’ll like it but because there won’t be an option in the future.

So automotive manufacturers have already begun the race to be at the top when that happens, and have kept their workforce busy in spinning out vehicles for that future.

Honda, with a fanbase of 28 million customers all around the world, is just doing that and have showcased their take on this challenge at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show which includes the Honda PCX Electric, the Honda PCX Hybrid and the Honda Riding Assist-e.

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Honda's self balancing motorcycle concept will debut at this year's Tokyo Motor Show

Honda’s self balancing motorcycle concept will debut at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show

Called as the Honda Riding Assist-e, this will be a paradigm-shifting concept.

A major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data, Honda announced their big new project called the “Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem” that is touted to transform the mobility experience of the future and improve customers’ quality of life.

As part of this, Honda first showcased the ’Riding Assist’ concept at the Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) in January that let the media go crazy with the self-balancing technology it carried.

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Honda, Yamaha, And Electric Scooters — Oh My

Honda, Yamaha, And Electric Scooters — Oh My

Honda & Yamaha Partner On Electric Project

Saitama City, located within the Saitama Prefecture and about 25 km North of Tokyo, has begun a new chapter in its epic E-Kizuna Project. This initiative is all about providing an environment conducive to, well, saving the environment. Specifically, the city already has extensive infrastructure in place to provide convenient charging services for EV owners in a bid to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Honda and Yamaha have now entered into a sort of technology-sharing triumvirate to help enable and shape this effort. How noble, you say? Maybe, but it’s in their best interest since Yamaha already has an E-Vino EV scooter based on its Italian-influenced ICE Vino, and Honda has EV development in the pipe as well. Though these two builders are traditional foes, both in their domestic markets and abroad, the cooperation we see here speaks highly of their corporate character and enviro-stewardship.

Continue reading for more on the Honda-Yamaha partnership.

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Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.

Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.

Both Japanese technology giants will co-develop electric powertrain systems for vehicles of the future.

Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. Now fresh new information has cropped up suggesting that the Japanese Red is getting serious about developing electric vehicles and so is being busy partnering with another technocrat, Hitachi Automotive Systems.

As a matter of fact, both these companies had signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in February and they have escalated those talks by signing in for a joint venture partnership in March. They have christened the JV as Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, and it will be heeding to develop, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles, both for Honda and other players.

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Two Wheels Are Good, But What About 1.5?

Two Wheels Are Good, But What About 1.5?

As I peruse different concept and technology sites in my search for cool motorcycle innovations, things catch my attention and I like to share them with folks of similar interests. Sometimes innovative and creative designs leave me wondering “How did I ever live without this?” Then there’s the rest of the time when I have to wonder “What the Hell were they thinking?” For me, the UNI-CUB by Honda and Halbo from BMW each fit into one of the categories and are certainly interesting enough to share.

Continue reading for more information about these innovative two-wheeled creations.

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Mugen Shinden Yon Set To Compete At The Isle Of Man TT

Mugen Shinden Yon Set To Compete At The Isle Of Man TT

Team Mugen is no stranger to the Isle of Man TT, having taken its talents to the annual race for the past three years. This year, the racing team returns to Snaefell Mountain with a brand new iteration of its Shinden electric motorcycle. The new bike, called the Shinden Yon, is all-set to compete at the event’s one-lap TT Zero Challenge and follow up the success of its predecessor, the Shinden San, which took the top two spots in last year’s event.

It’s a task far easier said than done, but Team Mugen seems to up to the challenge with a bike it says is more powerful, albeit a little heavier, than the previous version. Don’t confuse that “heavy” part with a bike that will run slower because the increased output - from 134 horsepower on the San to 147 horsepower on the Yon - will likely offset whatever added weight the bike has.

Besides, the Yon’s torque numbers remained the same at 162 pound-feet and the increased weight is due to the addition of a 370V laminate-type Lithium-ion battery that will help the Yon power through the course. Team Mugen is also expected to use generous helpings of carbon fiber to help compensate for the added weight of the battery pack. As a whole, the Yon tips the scales at 550 pounds, 22 pounds more than the San.

The Shinden Yon also retains the distinctive livery of the San. From the eagle eyes on the front cowl to the muscular arm holding a thunderbolt on the fairing, the Shinden San looks more than ready to lay the smackdown on Snaefell Mountain when the TT Zero Challenge starts on June 10, 2015. Just like last year, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will be piloting the electric bike up the mountain, determined to improve their respective times from last year’s event.

Continue reading to read more about the Shindon Yon and the one-lap Zero TT Challenge.

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2012 Honda EV-Neo

2012 Honda EV-Neo

The electric motorcycles are starting to conquer more and more terrain and thanks to the continuous evolution of green technologies, these types of bikes become a viable solution for those who put efficiency on the first place.

Honda first established the electric motorcycle segment in 1994 and after 18 years of researches an tests the company manage to develop some interesting models. One of these models is the Honda EV-Neo, a compact scooter powered by electricity.

The bike uses a 2.8kw motor and a Lithium-ion battery with a range of 34km at 30km/h on level ground. The regular charger takes the battery from zero charge to a full charge in approximately 3.5 hours and is a highly portable unit that fits neatly in the cargo space beneath the seat of the EV-Neo. A fast charger will cut the charging time to approximately 30 minutes.


Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Honda EV-Neo.

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Honda Chopper

Honda Chopper

Do you remember the Pininfarina Coupe Concept we presented just a few days ago? Its designer, Peter Norris, has developed yet another amazing concept, but this time, it’s a motorcycle and not a car. His project is called the Honda Chopper and took its inspiration from a number of sources. It features clean functional lines of medical machinery, 70’s and 80’s marker drawings and design (such as Big Trak), and a bit of manga thrown in.

The new concept is a purpose-built chopper featuring a long front suspension, feet forward seating position, and a large footprint. Powering this chopper - like most of the other concepts revealed recently - are two small electric motors, one built into each wheel hub helping lower the center of gravity, improve efficiency, and lower emissions.

The bottom line is that this is a pretty impressive concept and since the inspiration behind the design is Star Wars, we expect many people to be able to appreciate its look.

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Tokyo 2009: Honda unveils eight world premieres

Tokyo 2009: Honda unveils eight world premieres

Honda Motorcycle unveiled eight world premieres at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 on October 21.

The CB1100 was developed for discriminating adults as a new standard Naked model featuring an aircooled inline four-cylinder engine. "Generosity" was a keyword of this model’s development, and rather than aiming strictly for high-spec performance, its riding feel and eye-catching styling, both at stop and on the move, were also all carefully considered.

The CB1300 BOL D’OR features a more upright riding position and a newly redesigned rear cowl adorned with new left and right side split grab rails. A Combined-ABS version is also available.

The EV-CUB delivers ample power through the electric motors integrated into both its wheels and the batteries mounted in its aluminum frame.

The EVE-neo is an EV concept model designed for business use, such as post and delivery services. Its symbolic design combines a clean, modern New Value image and rugged, reliable styling.

Read the press release after the break.

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Honda's EV-Cub brags about electric power and 2WD. Communications system is on the way

Honda’s EV-Cub brags about electric power and 2WD. Communications system is on the way

The original Honda Cub has to be one of the greatest motorcycles of all times simply because it was affordable, easy to maintain and very practical. That small motorcycle helped put the world on two wheels, so you can understand our joy of hearing that Honda is planning to revamp the extremely popular model. The biggest news about it is that it will have two-wheel drive and benefit of power coming from a small, electric engine, while the exterior design is reminiscent of that first late 1950s model.

2WD enhances traction and stability around corners, allowing riders to control the already highly maneuverable motorcycle with the greatest ease. This is not a Honda breakthrough as Yamaha and KTM have also flirted with the idea, but Big Red will present the EV-Cub at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and it is expected to hit dealerships by the end of 2010.

Honda LOOP

Honda also speaks about one of their latest gadgets called LOOP and supposed to enable riders to communicate with one another during long rides. This should make Honda’s stand even more interesting.

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