According to a report on Bloomberg, Honda and Yamaha are working on electric motorcycles, which they are expected to launch by 2010. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, these e-bikes are likely to be priced in the US$2,000-3,800 range, and could offer performance similar to that of bikes with conventional 250cc engines.
Yamaha is expected to be the first Japanese company that’ll be off the blocks with a mass-market electric bike, by 2010. Honda is likely to launch its e-bike by 2011. Suzuki, which is ready with a prototype of its fuel-cell powered bike, the Crosscage, could also launch an electric bike by 2011. However, these e-bikes will first be launched in Japan, and later, perhaps, in Europe. We don’t think Japanese e-bikes will come to India in the next 3-4 years.