Honda Dips Its Toes Into the Electric Bicycle Market

Honda, best known for its cars and motorcycles, has begun venturing into electric bicycles with an innovative concept called the e-MTB Concept being unveiled at Japan Mobility Show recently. Unlike many other electric bike concepts on display here, this one appears almost production ready.

The e-MTB features components from top manufacturers such as Brose, DT Swiss XM 1700 wheels, Fox suspension and Shimano brakes – as well as a mobile charging unit – making for an enjoyable riding experience.

e-MTB Concept

Honda is a well-recognized name when it comes to cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers and generators. While their lineup already included several hybrid and electric car models, until now Honda had yet to expand their product offering into electric bicycles. At the Japan Mobility Show, Honda unveiled the e-MTB Concept; their inaugural venture into electric micromobility. Designed specifically to give mountain biking enthusiasts an easy and effortless ride uphill without breaking a sweat, Honda hopes this revolutionary electric micromobility solution can become part of mountain biking enthusiasts’ daily ride experience. Thin-wall aluminum casting technology was used for its frame and swingarm construction, similar to what can be found on high-performance motorcycles. Additionally, this concept features a RockShox Reverb dropper seat post from RockShox Reverb series of motorcycles; Shimano hydraulic brakes; Fox suspension front and rear; as well as DT Swiss XM 1700 wheels fitted with Maxxis Minion DHF tires from Maxxis.

The e-MTB boasts a stand-alone charger trolley similar to those found on Moto GP race bikes, enabling riders to recharge their e-bikes at trailhead car parks rather than carrying around heavy power banks in their pockets.

The Brose mid-drive motor is capable of producing up to 90Nm of torque, and reports indicate it could be quite large. Other components include SRAM gearing, RockShox AXS dropper post, Shimano brakes and Fox suspension.


Honda recently joined other automakers and motorcycle companies looking to break into the electric bicycle space with its recently unveiled e-MTB Concept at Japan Mobility Show, bringing expertise from Honda’s motorcycle business into this growing sector. It features a thin-walled cast aluminum frame similar to what’s used on their motorcycles – an indication of quality and durability on Honda’s part.

Designed specifically to cater to riders looking to ride trails but who still require the benefits of an e-bike’s speed and range, the e-MTB provides convenient commuting while still meeting speed and range requirements. Plus, its battery can be charged conveniently at home making it even easier to use; additionally it qualifies for UK’s Eco-Car Grant scheme!

Reports indicate that Honda may have leveraged an existing Brose mid-drive motor on their e-MTB to allow them to concentrate more on aesthetic and structural design than recreating everything from scratch. Other components include SRAM Eagle AXS drivetrain, Shimano hydraulic brakes and Fox front/rear suspension – not to mention DT Swiss XM 1700 wheels with Maxxis Minion DHF tyres!

The EM1 e is compact enough to be folded down to fit in most car trunks and used in several modes with various speeds and power settings available, as well as its built-in display that shows battery health status and motor status. Furthermore, you can connect it via smartphone app for remote control of this e-bike.


Honda is following in the footsteps of many major auto manufacturers by unveiling its inaugural electric bicycle, the e-MTB Concept. This design appears less like futuristic fiction and more like something that might make its way into production, signaling Honda’s intent to enter this sector of cycling.

Honda’s new electric MTB is tailored towards Generation Z consumers and built using the same design as their existing Super Cub, Dax, and Zoomer models. Top speed is limited to 25km/h by Chinese government regulations but its low-speed design makes it a suitable alternative for urban commuters.

E-trikes offer multiple environmental and health advantages beyond being cost-efficient transportation alternatives, including helping those with physical limitations access exercise while improving overall health. Furthermore, their ownership may prove cost-cutting when compared with car ownership.

E-trikes differ from regular bicycles by having three wheels for extra stability and comfort during riding. Easy to navigate and accessible to riders of any age or fitness level, they feature various settings so users can customize how much power they’d like. While maintenance requirements for e-trikes may be lower than traditional bikes, regular charging, inspection for wear and tear, storage in cool, dry environments as well as keeping batteries properly charged are still key parts of ownership.


Honda, known for their cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers, generators and jet airplanes has now entered the world of electric micromobility with an unveiling of a full suspension e-MTB concept at Japan Mobility Show – taking their motorcycle expertise into this emerging two-wheeled market segment.

The Motocompacto is a simplistic bike designed to get people from point A to B quickly and safely. Equipped with a battery-powered motor housed within its wheel hub, the Motocompacto boasts a top speed of 15 mph and 12-mile range as well as multiple ride modes to increase or decrease power and acceleration.

Though still only a concept, reports indicate that an electric mountain bike (e-MTB) could make its debut sometime later this year in Europe. The bicycle will target riders looking for an enjoyable and eco-friendly way to navigate city streets; both road-specific and mountain models will be made available.

Honda plans on using existing e-bike components in its e-MTB, which will allow them to focus on designing and creating its design and structure. It will feature upmarket components such as DT Swiss XM 1700 wheels, Maxxis Minion DHF tyres, Fox suspension front and rear, Shimano hydraulic brakes as well as portable fast chargers to enable longer trips and multi-day adventures.

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