Honda unviels electric and hybrid versions of best-selling PCX scooter
While it’s true that the utopian dream of electric-powered scooters and motorcycles is still some way off, despite repeated efforts by various manufacturers and the glamour of the likes of the TT Zero race, there are signs that a watershed moment might be approaching – from no less than Honda themselves.
At the Tokyo Motor Show just before Christmas, Honda quietly unveiled not one but TWO radical, electric versions of its best-selling PCX scooter with promises to put them on sale before the end of this year (albeit only in Asia to begin with).
Its ‘PCX Electric’ uses the familiar PCX125 scooter platform (which is Europe’s best-selling scooter) but is driven by an electric motor in turn powered by a pair of batteries located under the seat. So far, so conventional. The clever bit, though, is that those batteries can be removed and replaced in seconds by fully-charged ones, so sidestepping usual electric range/charging time concerns.
View Honda PCX scooters for sale on AutoTrader
View Vespa scooters for sale on AutoTrader
Although specific technical details are still scarce, if Honda have pulled it off the possibilities are enormous as the use of hybrid power not only negates, at a stroke, conventional electric range concerns but also raises the possibility for hybrid performance motorcycles which combine ultra-low emissions with thrilling performance. And that, once achieved, will really be the fillip that puts electric motorcycles in the mainstream. Watch this space.