Honda has been making motions about its intentions to enter the electric motorcycle market with the RC-E concept bike and the Mugen Shinden Ni electric race bike (pictured above). Those plans are further bolstered by the news Honda will be constructing a test track dedicated entirely to the development of electric motorcycles and cars.
Building an entirely new test track requires a massive amount of resources, and Honda intends to make this project 100% self-sustainable by using 70,000 solar panels, spread out over 33 hectares, with the track and remaining facilities taking up another 25 hectares.
The new, green, track will be approximately 2.48 miles in length and be the the base camp for the development of bikes such as the TT Zero Shinden Ni, the RC-E electric bike concept or the EV-neo e-scooter. On the car side, the CR-Z, Insight, Fit hybrids, plus future all-electric models will be tested and developed here.
Based in the Sakura region of the Tochigi prefecture, Honda’s pioneering zero-impact circuit is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.