Honda is aiming to have carbon neutral motorcycle offerings during the 2040s. Meantime, the automaker announced it will accelerate electrification of its motorcycle models, while also continuing to advance its internal combustion engine (ICE) models.
According to a press release, Honda is continuing its work to reduce CO2 emissions from its ICE models, while also developing models compatible with carbon neutral fuels like gasoline-ethanol blends.
As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows across the board, Honda is working to meet customer needs for electric motorcycles. The automaker will introduce more than 10 new electric motorcycle models by 2025, with an aim to reach annual electric motorcycle sales of 1 million units within the next five years, and 3.5 million units by 2030.
Focus on Business Electric Motorcycle Models
As businesses become more environmentally conscious, demand for business-use electric motorcycle models has been on the rise in recent years. To fulfill that demand, Honda has been offering the Honda e: Business Bike series models and accelerating the global launch of business-use electric motorcycles. The Honda e: Business Bike series models, currently available in Asia, are equipped with Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) swappable batteries, which resolve issues of range and charging time, which are key challenges that need to be addressed to realize widespread use of electric motorcycles.
Honda will develop and apply electric motorcycle platforms that combine the three core components for electric vehicles – the battery, power control unit (PCU), and motor– with the motorcycle body.
Many police departments have motorcycle fleets within their larger fleets. While executive orders for fleet electrification generally exempt emergency vehicles, Honda's announcement gives departments an option to electrify their fleets.