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WAKO, Japan (AP) - The green fad in Japan is expanding from cars to bikes with Honda's zero-emission super-quiet electric EV-neo scooter.
The EV-neo, shown Tuesday at Honda Motor Co.'s research facility in this Tokyo suburb, zipped around emitting just a calm whirring sound, with none of a motorcycle's gritty growl.
Honda plans to start leasing the scooters — the equivalent of a 50cc gasoline-powered bike — in December and says its target market is companies that make deliveries, such as newspapers and pizza parlors. The EV-neo has a cruising range of 30 kilometers (19 miles) on one charge. To read the rest of the article: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/market_news/article.jsp?content=D9F1ULLO0
Everybody into the pool!
The naked litre-bike pool, that is. Ducati is splashing in the deep end with its Monster, Kawasaki is dog-paddling around with the Z1000 and Triumph scored a double gainer from the 3-metre board with the wonderful Speed Triple. To read the rest of the article: http://www.wheels.ca/News%20and%20Features/article/785115
The Japanese bike maker has changed tack and is now targeting the entry-level bike market as wellWhen Japanese bike major Honda rolled out its first product from a spanking new factory at Manesar in Haryana in 2001, skeptics immediately predicted the downfall of India’s (and also the world’s) largest motorcycle manufacturer Hero Honda.
However, the speculations died down when Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), the Indian arm of the bike giant, said that it will not enter the segments where Hero Honda operates, such as the bread-and-butter 100cc category. This segment accounts for over 70 per cent of Hero Honda’s sales.
Like many guys, when I was about 13 or 14 I was into drawing the cars of the future. To my hormonal and inexperienced cauldron of a prepubescent brain, the cars I drew were clearly superior the dull people-movers that adults seemed to appreciate. But in reality, the cars I imagined we’d all be driving when I got to be 30 looked more like they plopped right out of an episode of Robotech than something anyone other than a prepubescent teenager could take seriously.
Which is why, when I saw the pics for Honda’s newly unveiled 3R-C EV, I thought, “Wow! That is something my 13 year old self would have thought was totally wicked!” To read the rest of the article: http://gas2.org/2010/02/24/honda-unveils-futuristic-3-wheeled-electric-concept-car/