A news report out of Japan says both Honda and Yamaha are planning lithium ion battery powered electric motorcycles to be on sale, possibly as early as 2010 for Yamaha and 2011 for Honda. Prices will be anywhere from $1900 to $3700.
With electrics coming on the market from companies like Vectrix, Zero Motorcycles and Enertia, plus a whole group of individual builders assembling their own, it only makes sense that the major manufacturers would not be far behind. I would also expect the performance of those bikes to be equal to and more likely superior to the current products being sold by the smaller companies.
No technical details or sources were provided in the report.
The one part of this story I find a little hard to believe is the price range. Lithium ion batteries are not cheap and unless there has been some large volume price break for Honda and Yamaha, I’m not sure how these bikes can come in at that number.