Honda to Release 10 Electric Motorcycles within 5 Years...but not in the U.S.

Honda to Release 10 Electric Motorcycles within 5 Years...but not in the U.S.


Honda to Release 10 Electric Motorcycles within 5 Years...but not in the U.S.

­I’ve got news and bad news for bikers with a green streak — Honda is set to release 10 electric motorcycles by 2025. But most of them won’t be available in the U.S.

I’ve no idea why Honda’s focusing its EV strategy almost exclusively on European and Asian markets, but America’s relatively low EV adoption (about .6% of all registered vehicles) might’ve played a role, convincing the Japanese automaker to target its EV efforts elsewhere.

Compare that to China, where EVs account for over a quarter of new vehicle sales, and it’s no surprise that Honda is avoiding the U.S. market with its electric motorbikes.

More (sorta) bad news — the company also plans to release more “flex-fuel” bikes that can use E20 and E100 ethanol-based fuels by 2025, though again, not in the U.S.

However, considering that upping the ethanol percentage generally lowers the fuel economy, perhaps we’re better off without more “flex-fuel” motorcycles.

What’s funny is that motorcycles, by their nature, are amongst the most fuel-efficient forms of transportation, with an average MPG from 40-80.

So while Honda is aiming for electric models to make up 15% of its motorcycle sales by 2035, and they want to go carbon-neutral by 2040, motorcycles are clearly not the biggest emissions culprits on the road.

The company will be using all-solid-state batteries in its EV motorcycles.