Honda boss Takeo Fukui has today announced the Japanese giant will have a battery-powered motorcycle on the market in two years.
The announcement was made as part of a speech regarding the summary of business at the end of the 2008 year. It was emphasised how important motorcycles will be in the Honda global business in light of the tough economic times across the world.
Fukui said: “Honda is currently developing a battery-powered electric motorcycle which emits no CO2 during operation, because the characteristics of a battery can be better utilized in the area of motorcycles, which are often used for short distance travel.
“Honda is aiming to introduce this electric motorcycle to the market about two years from now.
He added: “Honda’s toughness in meeting changes in the business environment comes from the global business foundation built around the three axes of motorcycles, automobiles and power products.
“History shows that motorcycles remain strong in a difficult market environment and have always supported Honda in difficult times. People showed renewed interest in the value of motorcycles which consume less fuel for commuting purposes as well as for their easy-to-own/easy-to-use efficiency.
“In the newly emerging countries in regions such as Asia and South America where motorcycles are being used for everyday transportation, long-term and steady market growth is expected despite some external factors such as changes in economic conditions.”