Honda has disclosed that it is striving to achieve carbon neutrality for all its motorcycle products during the 2040s, and has promised 10 electric models (electric motorcycles, electric scooters and even electric bicycles) worldwide by 2025.
To achieve carbon neutrality while accommodating the wide range of customer needs and unique motorcycle usage environments, Honda says it is continuing its initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from internal combustion engine-equipped models, at the same time while developing models compatible with carbon neutral fuels, such as gasoline and ethanol blends.
The company cites the success of flex fuel in Brazil, where flex-fuel (E100) motorcycle models have been available for a long time. Thus, it plans to introduce flex-fuel models also in India, one of the main motorcycle markets, with E20 flex-fuel models (20% Ethanol) from 2023 and E100 flex-fuel models (up to 100% Ethanol) in 2025.
Honda says it will introduce more than 10 new electric motorcycle models by 2025, aiming to achieve annual electric motorcycle sales of 1 million units over the next five years and 3.5 million units (approximately 15% of total sales) from 2030.
Also, regarding the battery, a core component of electric vehicles, the company says it intends to equip its electric motorcycle models with a next-generation fully solid-state battery that it is currently developing, making active use of its own resources.
In addition, Honda is working towards the standardization of replaceable batteries while participating in a battery consortium in Europe and working with a partner company in India.
Battery sharing service
Honda has established a joint venture in Indonesia, a major motorcycle market, to operate a battery-sharing service. The JV is currently operating a battery-sharing service in Bali.
In India, Honda plans to start its battery-sharing service for electric tricycle taxis (so-called “rickshaws”) by the end of this year. The company also plans to expand its efforts to popularize battery sharing to other Asian nations.
Finally, in Japan, in April of this year, ENEOS Holdings, Inc. and the four largest Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have jointly created Gachaco, Inc., which will provide a standard replaceable battery-sharing service for electric motorcycles and develop infrastructure for that service.
The company plans to start its motorcycle battery-sharing service later this year.
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