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Motorcycle R&D Center, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.Project to develop an electric-powered marathon lead motorcycle

Clean, quiet, and powerful, the EV-neo electric scooter was developed by Honda for carrying heavy loads, delivering goods, and other commercial applications.

Maximizing the potential of electric propulsion with a utility scooter for work and daily living

 The EV-neo, an electric scooter developed by Honda for business and commercial applications and available for lease to private companies and small business owners since 2011, served as the base model for the second-generation Dream Queen.

 One of Honda's most well known commercial motorcycles is the Super Cub. Launched in 1958 to fulfill founder Soichiro Honda's desire to create products that are useful to people and the world, the Super Cub has been a worldwide customer favorite ever since. With the same goal of adding value to individual lives and society as a whole, Honda designed the EV-neo to leverage all the advantages electric propulsion has to offer. The result is an electric motorcycle that offers clean, quiet performance, and satisfying power in a wide range of business and commercial applications.

Length 1.830 m, Width 0.695 m, Height 1.065 m
Length 1.830 m, Width 0.695 m, Height 1.065 m
Maximum output: 2.8 kW (3.8 PS) @ 5,000 rpm
Maximum output: 2.8 kW (3.8 PS) @ 5,000 rpm
Standard charger can be stored under the seat.
Standard charger can be stored under the seat.
Standard charger (left) and fast charger (right)
Standard charger (left) and fast charger (right)

An EV system designed for people who are used to riding gas scooters

An EV system designed for people who are used to riding gas scooters
 The EV system in the EV-neo is designed so that riders of gasoline engine motorcycles can naturally transition to it. Basic operation is exactly the same:
1. The rider operates the throttle, and an APS converts the degree of throttle opening into an electrical signal.
2. The PDU calculates optimal motor output based on the signal from the APS and information from the BMU.
3. To produce this optimal output, the PDU sends the appropriate amount of electricity from the battery to the motor.

Customized for optimum performance as a marathon lead motorcycle, the EV-neo transforms into the 2nd-generation Dream Queen

A modified exterior and battery pack optimized the EV-neo for leading marathons.

 Although the EV-neo offered more than enough basic power performance and operability, to optimize its performance as the lead motorcycle for a full marathon, the project team changed its exterior and worked with battery manufacturers to make a dedicated battery.
 The words "Dream Queen" are displayed in large lettering on the sides. 
First-generation experience led to a number of innovations for increased rider comfort.


 Since most marathons in Japan are held during the winter, cold weather gear is a must. Riding for over two hours straight, even at 20 km/h, can chill the rider to the bone. So the developers added 1) knuckle guards and 2) grip heaters to keep the rider's hands warm.
 They also added 3) a windscreen and 4) side visors to block the wind.
 Lead motorcycles also need to keep accurate track of time. So they mounted 5) a clock with large display for easy readability.
Partners: Inoue Rubber Co., Ltd., Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Toshiba Corporation

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