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.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741133

The Japanese Red Winger has played well ahead of anything the competition can throw at them in the world of motorcycles, automobiles, power products and even business jets.

Now, it is slowly shifting focus to making the transport of the future that will be powered by batteries and motors. Tinkering around their PCX range of moto-scooters, Honda has displayed a fully electric version and a hybrid model of the same.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741134

The PCX Electric is powered a detachable mobile battery pack, and a high-output motor developed independently by Honda and is also scheduled to be sold in the Asian markets by 2018.

The PCE Hybrid, as the name suggests, is an industry first gasoline and battery powered two-wheeler. Newly-developed by Honda, this scooter gets a high-output battery and ACG starter that is touted to assist the engine in extracting more torque from under the belly of the scooter. This too will be on sale by 2018 in the Asian markets.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741135
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741136
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741137
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741138

Apart from these PCXs’, Honda also displayed the Riding Assist-e concept. This will be powered by electric, of course, but it is here for something else altogether. This bike can balance itself on two wheels and is here to transform the mobility experience of the future and improve customers’ quality of life.

Honda has not made use of a gyroscope or other mass-shifting devices as we all might have expected. Instead, the front fork angle (rake) increases to widen the wheelbase and disconnecting the forks from the handlebar. Computer controlled systems make tiny steering adjustments making the front wheel twitch left or right to keep the balance upright.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741146
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741142
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741144
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741145

While no official announcements have been made regarding having the Riding Assist-e and its tech making onto the production line, it is looking increasingly likely that they eventually will.

Although all this is a good piece of technology meant to run cleaner motorcycles, it is going to take at least a couple of years until Honda can completely develop these motors and make use of it on any production motorcycle.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741139

In fact, back in March this year, Honda entered into a Joint Venture with another Japanese brand, Hitachi. 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.

The electric motors developed here will make its way into Honda’s future line-up of electric motorcycles, of whose concepts have already been hitting the news tab for quite some time now; including the ones shown at this Tokyo Motor Show.

Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 735714
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 741201
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show. Exterior
- image 735719

What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder: