Written by Thembani Magazi – May 20, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
With a series of planned electric models, Honda is looking to electrify its future as it embarks on a bold new strategy for the future. The Japanese automaker recently revealed that it plans to have at least four new electric bikes on the market by 2024.. After years of cautiously teetering at the edges of the electric motorcycle market, Honda appears to be ready to dive all the way in.
Currently the Honda E is representing the firm’s electric lineup having been launched in 2020 as a fully electric car aimed mainly at urban drivers. A funky, all-electric city car with a 201 km range to target premium EVs such as the BMW i3 and the Mini Electric. The electric motorcycle market however is a little more complicated to break into than the small EV market. Undoubtedly Honda is seeing an opportunity where electric bikes are starting to make financial sense both for their owners and for the companies that manufacture them.
Over the past few months, we have seen quite a few patents from Honda that indicate the company’s plans with electric bikes. Initially, Honda will have three models competing in the 50cc and 125cc classes – a 50cc equivalent moped, a larger scooter to compete with 125cc machines, and a motorcycle in the 125cc class. The last of these is likely to be the CB125R-based electric bike the firm patented last year.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The pace at which innovation is happening in electric vehicles is staggering. Honda is taking the right steps to ensure the firm's continued success with this foray into electric motorcycles. It will be good to see some competition in the segment and we’re likely looking at rivals for the Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak, TVS iQube and also, the upcoming Ola electric scooter.Honda reportedly has a few other innovations on the horizon as well with regards to their electrified future. For now, it suffices to say that these four new electric bikes are set to make waves on the market. EVs are the rapidly developing technology of the future. We at Automotive Trendy are curious to see where this technology goes and are eager to share any further developments with you.