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Honda, Yamaha target electric motorbike launch
Sep 11, 2008
Yamaha aims to launch electric motorcycles by 2010 with a range of 100
km (60 miles) on a single charge, comparable to those with 50cc engine
displacements, the paper said.
Honda, the world's top motorcycle maker, will launch lithium-ion
battery electric motorcycles in 2011, targeting customers such as
Japan Post Service that may switch its fleet of about 90,000
motorbikes to electric models, it said.
Officials at Honda and Yamaha Motor said they are developing electric
motorcycles but have yet to decide specifics, including prices and the
timing of their introduction.
Lithium-ion batteries, now commonly used in laptop computers and
mobile phones, are seen as a key component to improve the performance
of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars.
Carmakers Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock
Buzz), Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock
Buzz) each have joint ventures to develop lithium-ion batteries for
car use with Matsushita Electric Industrial (6752.T: Quote, Profile,
Research, Stock Buzz), NEC Corp (6701.T: Quote, Profile, Research,
Stock Buzz) group and GS Yuasa Corp (6674.T: Quote, Profile, Research,
Stock Buzz), respectively.
That mythbusters dude is building an electric ATV:
I actually got to ride the prototype .. comments by zed are me
That's cool. I watched the video.
I liked the sound. I'm looking forward
to mass produced electric off-road
vehicles. Did you see my Zero
Electric Motorcycle post?