Quick Look At The Honda EV-Cub Concept (Photos)

OCT 5 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda presents a collection of photos of its latest electric personal commuter EV-Cub Concept, which will debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

It looks cool, but as with many other EV concepts from Honda, the possibility of production is in question.

“EV-Cub Concept: It is a personal commuter model for short-distance commuting that follows the concept of an “easy-to-handle and economical motorcycle” that Honda has been pursuing since the creation of the first-generation Super Cub. By placing the battery, a heavy component, at a low position in the middle of the body, the ease of getting on and off the bike was achieved. Moreover, ease-of-handling was pursued through concentration of the mass and lowering of the center of gravity. In consideration of ease-of-use in a broader range of use environments, the battery itself was made detachable in addition to the fact that it is rechargeable using a standard home wall socket.”

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

Honda EV-Cub Concept

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12 Comments on "Quick Look At The Honda EV-Cub Concept (Photos)"

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Honda: Ditch the fancy display and removable battery. It’s gonna get smashed/stolen. Keep it simple, which is what the Cub was in the first place.

I disagree, the display is hardly an expensive item these days, you get something very similar on a $50 phone, It’s no easier or harder to smash than a glass fronted dial.
The battery has to be removable (lockable of course, possibly even digitally keyed to the specific bike), otherwise I have to park my Cub next to a power socket every time! At work or when visiting friends etc… will end upbeing annoying, I want to have it charging under my desk at work.

Yup, such small battery can easily add value by being movable.

Maybe the opposite is true: you can avoid getting your Cub stolen by removing the battery 😉

The design is really pretty elegant.

Truly. It’s like the polar opposite of their FCV concept.

If that battery is small and light enough to take it out for charging the range can’t be all that impressive.

Assuming 130WH/KG a 1KWh battery would already weigh in at ~7KG,so this battery can’t have much more than 1-1.5KWh which would give it what 20 miles of range?

The lines between electric bicycles and electric mopeds are very much blurred these days.
There are 60lbs e-bikes that can do 60mi at ~30mph on 800Wh batteries. The Cub will probably be heavier, but no reason it needs to be much heavier.

The original Cub’s top speed was ~40mph under ideal conditions, cruising speed was less. For basic (sub)urban transport, this is quite enough, and in many jurisdictions, legal on highways (maybe not freeways).
At those speeds, aerodynamics aren’t an issue.
For examples of such electric mopeds, see here:
http://www.zelectricvehicle.com/20.html
A more expensive one does 45mi @40mph, which is fine for most local-type commuting/errand running.

Or check out any of millions on Chinese roads.

If the battery will actually be 7 kg you would get a second one, if you were a serious scooter rider, and swap them. Maybe not from day 1, but you’d have that upgrade path.

I suspect the battery isn’t 7 kg, or at least not in the first year. Yet another reason to have an upgrade path. Another: food takeout/delivery places that would buy these scooters would rotate three batteries in two scooters.

Even e-bikes (electric bicycles) often have a 1 kWh battery. I would expect a scooter to have somewhat more.

A 50-lb battery would be a deal-killer for a lot of people, but perhaps a 25-lb one isn’t out of the question. “Removable” doesn’t necessarily mean lightweight.

By comparison, the average car starter battery weighs 40 lbs.

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