The two largest Japanese motorcycle
companies are committed to releasing electric motorcycles to wide
markets in the near future.
On Wednedsday, Yamaha Motor Co. said
it will begin selling its EC-03 electric bike at home in September,
and in Taiwan and Europe next year. They expect to sell 10 million of
them, at prices that are equivalent to about $3,000 Cdn.
Honda Motor Co. has previously stated
that it will start selling its electric motorcycle domestically in
The Yamaha electric bike is
scooter-sized and is powered by lithium-ion batteries. It can be
recharged at a household outlet and will go about 43 kilometres after
a six-hour charge.