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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 introduces the world's first hybrid scooter

Honda introduces the world’s first hybrid scooter

But will be only sold in Japan

Prior to 2013, the PCX came with a 125 cc engine and a 1.6-gallon fuel tank in the US. With a make-over in 2013, the PCX125 gave way to the PCX150 and a new chapter in the globally produced Honda scooter was launched. Since then, the scooter has received periodical updates to keep things fresh in the segment.

Now, Honda Japan is launching a new PCX carrying the same old 125cc mill but this time, they have a new trick up its sleeve. Launching a couple of months from now, the new PCX 125 will carry a hybrid powertrain. Doing so, Honda Motor will become the first manufacturer to launch a production hybrid scooter and it was first showcased at the previous Tokyo Auto Show.

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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 might give us a motorcycle that will emit water

Honda might give us a motorcycle that will emit water

New patent documents show the possibility of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell powering future bikes

If you can by any way refresh your memory, Honda had tied up with GM earlier this year to develop future mobility technologies. The resultant firm called Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC targets the introduction of a new fuel-cell system by the year 2020. It represents the auto industry’s first joint venture formed to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Looks like they are already striking gold. According to the patent (US20170282748A1) images seen here, Honda is making use of the $85-million operation and will be introducing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered motorcycles in the coming future and will have a perimeter frame, telescopic forks, shaft drive and a fuel cell under the seat.

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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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