The latest patent filings reveal that Honda has patented an electric mini-bike, something like the Honda Grom, but with an electric powertrain.
Latest patent drawings show Honda’s mini electric bike
Recent patents filed by Honda in Japan show a concept of a mini-motorcycle, but with an electric powertrain. The size and style of the bike in the patent filings is clearly inspired by the popular Honda Grom mini-bike, so this electric mini-bike, if it hits production, will be positioned as a fun motorcycle to ride. However, the drawings reveal that this is not just an electric version of the Grom, but a brand new bike from the ground up, and designed to be a new electric bike.
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A unibody style chassis houses the battery, with the electric motor mounted behind the battery. And the front suspension is not conventional telescopic, but something similar to the hossack-type fork layout seen on the Honda Gold Wing, with double wishbones and beam-style forks, and a bolt-on mono-shock. the front of the battery box.
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According to reports, the bike seen in patent filings is more of a concept than something that will likely see production. With all motorcycle shows canceled last year, it’s likely Honda will showcase the new electric bike as a concept at an upcoming auto show. What the patents indicate is that Honda may also be looking to develop a fun electric motorcycle, rather than developing something that will directly compete with gasoline-powered commuter bikes, or even take on internal combustion engines. As it stands, the patent filings only suggest that Honda is exploring several options on the electrical side of things, and the next two years could prove to be interesting.
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