Honda could also be working its way towards decent progress within the four-wheeled electrical automobile business, however its electrical motorbike progress has left a lot to be desired. Now we’re getting clues within the type of extra patent drawings for what might be Honda’s first mass market electrical motorbike.
An electrical Honda CB125R?
Final 12 months we broke the news on Honda’s electric motorcycle ambitions primarily based on its current CB125R bike when the primary particulars got here to gentle.
The CB125R is a small-displacement 60-ish mph learner bike that was launched in 2018. It’s widespread amongst new riders because of its ease of use and low energy in comparison with a lot bigger displacement bikes.
Honda seems to be leveraging the platform for its first electrical motorbike, specializing in the gap-filler area of interest between the present low-power yet affordable electric motorcycles and the high power yet high dollar models.
In new patent photos we’re getting a greater take a look at particulars surrounding the motor and battery setup.
The shoulder vents, that are non-functional on the present CB125R, seem to have been opened as much as enable ram air cooling of the battery pack within the electrical model of the bike.
The brand new patent photos additionally present the battery placement being pretty excessive within the body, primarily taking on a lot of the area beforehand held by the gasoline tank.
Honda had beforehand joined a consortium with Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki to develop and check a brand new customary for electrical motorbike swappable batteries. There’s not indication but whether or not this electrical CB125R design would incorporate such batteries.
Standard physique panels appear to do job of hiding the battery and electronics, preserving the look of the CB125R.
We’re additionally getting a greater take a look at the motor now, exhibiting its last chain drive sprocket. Most electrical bikes have moved to belt drives by now, which is sort of necessitated by the practically silent drivetrain. And not using a loud engine and exhaust, chain noise will be disagreeable on an electrical motorbike.
However Honda seems to be sticking with its chains, at the very least for now.
Whereas the patent photos give us a extra detailed take a look at the bike’s design, we nonetheless don’t have any details about when the brand new bike might be rolling out.
However even with out timeline specifics, it’s excellent news to see Honda persevering with to make progress on its electrical bike.
Initially, it’s nice to see Honda persevering with to make progress on this bike. Concentrating on a market much like the CB125R market is a good transfer, as electrical bikes are beginning to welcome in an entire new period of newbie motorbike riders, and a small bike like this generally is a excellent begin.
We after all don’t have any efficiency figures but, however VisorDown speculates that we might see an 11 kW motor and speeds within the 75-80 mph (120-130 km/h) window. That may be pretty simple to realize with a motorcycle of this setup. And it might rival different newcomers to this class, similar to the SONDORS Metacycle.
That stated, the design selections type of baffle me right here. I can’t perceive why Honda would place the batteries so excessive. The elevated heart of gravity will have an effect on how the bike leans, creating an artificially heavier feeling trip.
The one rationalization I can consider is that it’s simpler to cover the pack from view up there, permitting Honda to stay with the normal traces of the CB125R and never should “design across the battery” like most main electrical bikes have finished. Bikes like the Harley-Davidson LiveWire and Zero SR/F every characteristic massive, excessive capability batteries that necessitated considerate design – one thing each corporations have achieved, in my view.
However I feel Honda is attempting to keep away from that complexity by simply placing the battery pack anyplace it may be hidden, which mainly requires a fuel-tank stage battery location. It’s not optimum for dealing with, however it does simplify design.
The chain drive can be a little bit of a bummer to me, however I’m wondering if Honda has made a unique calculation than the remainder of the electrical motorbike business. As an alternative of attempting to scale back noise, I’m wondering if they’re attempting to retain it? Maybe they just like the chain noise and don’t need to embrace the concept of an almost silent motorbike. Possibly they even need to use it as a novel promoting level or as a method to ease gasoline riders extra gently by the transition to electrical, leaving them a bit noise for familiarity.
I don’t know, however a few of these selections simply don’t add up for me. Even so, I’m prepared to look the opposite method if it means we’ll FINALLY get a Honda electrical motorbike on the street.
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