At this year’s Japan Mobility Show, major automobile manufacturers showcased the latest advancements in electric vehicles (EVs), autonomous cars, flying cars, and other emerging transportation technologies. Honda was among them, presenting its cutting-edge lineup of innovative concepts and products. Amidst this array of transportation innovations, one electric bicycle captured considerable attention.
Honda’s debut electric bicycle enters the scene at a time when electric micro-mobility is on the rise, becoming a preferred mode of transportation for many. Seizing this trend, Honda expands its mobility product portfolio with the introduction of its first electric bicycle, the Honda e-MTB concept bike. Honda believes this new electric assist bicycle will set the standard for the e-bike era, not only featuring leading-edge technology and design but also delivering outstanding performance and practicality.
Honda claims that to craft a completely new performance experience, this bicycle combines design characteristics from motorcycles and mountain bikes. According to Honda’s description, this electric mountain bike’s unique frame and rear arm are made using the same thin-wall aluminum casting technology found in high-performance motorcycles like the company’s CBR-1000. The distinctive frame design seamlessly integrates functionality with aesthetics.
To emphasize the overall appearance and structural design of the bicycle, Honda’s e-MTB concept bike incorporates existing electric bicycle components such as the Bosch mid-drive motor, SRAM Eagle AXS transmission system, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Fox front and rear suspensions, RockShox Reverb dropper post, DT Swiss XM 1700 wheels, and Maxxis Minion DHF tires. It’s essentially assembled from mature parts, indicating considerable commercial prospects.
Honda stated, “The Honda e-MTB concept bike expands the realm of mobility in nature. With electric assistance for easier uphill climbs, this bike provides a new riding experience that combines the enjoyment of motorcycles and mountain bikes. It is under development with the goal of enabling everyone to freely enjoy riding on mountain trails.”
Honda isn’t the first automotive manufacturer to venture into electric bicycles. Harley-Davidson launched Serial 1 in the electric bike domain, while Porsche expanded significantly into the electric bike arena through acquisitions like Greyp and Fazua. Peugeot boasts an extensive range of electric bicycles, and even Hummer has recently attempted to extend its brand into electric bikes, following suit with Jeep. With the ongoing growth of the electric bike market, more automotive manufacturers see it as a means to expand the market and broaden the transportation ecosystem.