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Honda plans electric Cub scooter

Honda EV-Cub concept - hitachi
Honda EV-Cub concept

The world’s most popular two-wheeler, the Honda Super Cub, will soon have an electric version.

Announcing plans to go into production of the EV-Cub within the next two years, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said two of every three vehicles the company makes by 2030 will be electric, plug-in hybrid or have a fuel cell.

The EV-CUB Concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last October. It has a detachable battery that can be recharged with a domestic wall socket.

“We are planning to introduce the EV-Cub, a mass-production model developed based on the EV-Cub Concept electric motorcycle, to the Japanese market about two years from now and then subsequently in main ASEAN countries, which have been the largest market for the Honda Cub Series,” he said.

“Building on the Cub models, which have taken deep root in people’s everyday lives, we will strive to popularise the EV and reduce CO2 emissions.”

Also at the Tokyo show, Honda unveiled the hybrid three-wheeler NEOWING powered by a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine and electric motors in each wheel.

Honda NEOWING conceptHonda NEOWING concept
Honda NEOWING concept

There is no word on whether the NEOWING will also go into production.

It is expected the EV-Cub will also be made available in Europe where scooters and electric vehicles are popular, but there is no word yet on whether the EV-CUB will be available in Australia.

  1. I just can’t wait. An electric Cub is perfect for my next mobility solution after my FZ1 gets too unwieldy … close. The lightness, manoeuvrability and quietness all appeal greatly, The properly engineered design, the lack of which on the antiquated hyped up 19c bicycle principles as well as the underpowered motors of Aussie eBikes leaves us all impatient for a properly designed properly braked and equipped light two wheeler with all the advantages of electric power in terms of reliability, absence of petrol etc. The electric Cub could be the first REAL eBikes. And if the principles of lightness, reliability and long life of the original Cub are replicated, it could sell amazingly well. When do we see it in the flesh!

  2. Inexpensive battery, stamped body, simple motor, large wheels – the recipe for success! This is transport for urban riders and should not be priced anywhere near the cost of the old petrol cub.

    Now, take this concept and, Honda, make us a 60 kw. touring scooter with the above ingredients. One size does not fit everyone, so make the saddle, handlebars and foot rests adjustable. Design adequate under seat storage while you’re at it. And streamline the shape to maximise range.

    These things are not hard to do – and you’d be leading the world again, as you should be.

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