Honda introduced a concept electric scooter as far back as in 2009, with a design based on the hugely popular Honda Super Cub. And now, it seems the electric Super Cub is about to become reality. Patents filed in 2016, and now officially published reveal designs of the electric Super Cub, hinting at the very real possibility that Honda may be working on an electric version of its legendary and most popular two-wheeler model. Patent applications published by the US Patent and Trademark Office show several drawings, not just for the electric Super Cub, but also for the removable battery system that the bike uses.
A removable battery will certainly be helpful for owners of the electric Super Cub, who can just remove the battery and put it for charging while attending classes in college, the workplace, or even overnight at home, or the university hostel. The patent designs also reveal where the battery will be installed on the bike, in a case structure, and mounted on the lowest point in the bike's frame, but with a tilting mechanism. So, there are no leads to be clipped on or any terminals to be attached. The battery case can be tilted forward, making the battery easily accessible.
The idea of an electric Honda Super Cub is certainly exciting. And going by the popularity of the Honda Super Cub, which has sold over 100 million units since 1958, the electric version, if introduced, will also prove to be popular. The only catch is that it's still a patent, and patents don't always make it to the drawing board of actual product development. So, the jury is still out on an electric Honda Super Cub making it to production.