Honda introduced a new electric suitcase-styled scooter concept designed to be small enough to fit in the passenger compartment of a car. (Updated with more high-resolution photos). The Motor Compo concept was unveiled alongside Honda’s futuristic-looking Micro Commuter Concept electric car at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The Motor Compo’s handlebars fold down, allowing the […]
Report: Mission to Can Electric Motorcycle Production Plans
Mission Motors may be canceling its plans to produce electric motorcycles and instead focus on developing electric powertrains for other manufacturers.
According to a report from GigaOM, Mission Motors is no longer planning to produce the Mission One electric motorcycle. Without a production model to showcase, Mission may also stop development on the Mission R race bike (pictured above).
While this may be disappointing news to those interested in the Mission One, the news may also signal the direction the electric motorcycle industry will follow. Electric motorcycle startups like Mission have been splitting resources on developing electric powertrains and motorcycle chassis. The real innovation is in the powertrains whereas the motorcycle frame and body designs are more evolutions on existing designs. Companies like Mission may be more profitable developing powertrains that other companies can use in their vehicles. MotoCzysz has already started adapting its D1g1tal Dr1ve electric powertrain for use in hybrid cars.