Your Favorite Honda Motorcycles Are Getting Axed, Here’s When

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Summary

  • Honda remains committed to full electrification by 2040.
  • The brand plans to launch more than 30 electric two-wheelers by 2030, including full-sized motorcycles and a maxi-type scooter.
  • Despite the ambitious plans, lack of updates from Honda on the upcoming electric models leaves us doubtful about timely releases.



Let’s face it, Honda has been on the back foot in the electric motorcycle initiative so far. Neither does it have full-sized electric two-wheelers on sale in international markets nor is there any imminent reveals we should be excited about. Does that mean the Japanese bikemaker is exploring other options? Absolutely not. In fact, Honda is still very much waving the EV flag with full electrification in its future plans. Here’s the latest lowdown.

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Honda Plans To Discontinue All Of Its Gas-Powered Two-Wheelers By 2040

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2040. That’s the deadline set by Honda to replace all of its gas-powered automobiles with their electric counterparts. This is something the bikemaker has repeatedly said in the past, and its latest Summary of 2024 Honda Business Briefing on Direction of Electrification Initiatives and Investment Strategy backs the same.


The release reads:

Honda has not changed its belief that EVs are the most effective solution in the area of small mobility products such as motorcycles and automobiles, and Honda’s electrification target to make EVs and FCEVs represent 100% of its global vehicle sales by 2040 remains unchanged. Honda must look ahead to the period of EV popularization and build a strong EV brand and a strong EV business foundation from a medium- to long-term perspective.

It’s a bold announcement when you consider the only electric two-wheeler by the brand in America is the bite-sized MotoCompacto. Even in Europe, you only get the EM1 city scooter in the name of an EV. The scenario is a bit better (emphasis on “bit”) in Japan, as the market has the Cub e: and Dax e: duo on sale. Yet, we haven’t seen a full-sized e-motorcycle from the brand.

Anyway, aside from this, the bikemaker is keen on setting up an EV value chain to reduce battery costs by 20 percent (over current batteries). Likewise, Honda wants to establish a competitive business structure to reduce overall production costs by approximately 35 percent. It also states the company wants to secure enough batteries for the production of two million EVs per year.


More Than 30 Honda Electric Two-Wheelers Are Coming In The Next Six Years

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Zooming into the near future, Honda has some big plans for the next six years. It has stated there are more than 30 electric two-wheelers incoming by 2030. One of these–a scooter for the global market–is said to arrive this year. For America, the bikemaker plans to treat us with four electric two-wheelers by 2025. This comprises two full-sized motorcycles, one maxi-type scooter, and a mini bike. Interestingly, one of the silhouettes of the upcoming bikes shows a Rebel-like cruiser offering.


Although that makes us quite excited, we can’t help but expect delays about the same. That’s because we’ve had no update from Honda on the matter since the first announcement in 2022. Plus, if we were to get four EVs by 2025, there should’ve been some sort of teaser or official statement on the matter. 2025 is just six months away, after all.

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