Motors, power control: Honda EV-neo could deliver beer by Dec. '10
Green beer will roll in Japan in December 2010, courtesy of Honda's integration of a brushless electric motor, power controls, a Toshiba lithium-ion battery in the Honda EV-neo electric scooter.
Integration of a brushless electric motor, power controls, a Toshiba lithium-ion battery, and some smart engineering could be responsible for beer delivery in Japan by December 2010. Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is moving from prototype to delivery late this year, by leasing the Honda EV-neo electric scooter to delivery focused businesses in Japan, which may result in "green" beer delivery, as the photo from Honda Motor Co. suggests.
In an April 13 announcement, Honda said, "Equipped with a lithium-ion battery and a brushless motor, EV-neo realizes excellent environmental performance with zero CO2 emissions in use. The battery is rechargeable using a household power source with attention given to the range per charge. Moreover, EV-neo provides performance equivalent to that of mass-market under-50 cc gasoline engine motorcycles realizing a powerful ride even with cargo by leveraging the characteristics of a high-torque motor even at a low speed ride."
Power controls will deliver promote a fast charge: Approximately 80% of the battery capacity will be charged in 20 minutes with a 200 V power source; with a regular charger, 100% of the battery capacity will be charged in approximately 4 hours at a 100 V power source. The scooter, similar in size and form to a 50 cc gasoline model, is expected to go travel nearly 20 mph for a distance of approximately 20 miles between charges, Honda says. A model is under development for wider sale and distribution, the company suggests.
Also read, from Control Engineering :
- Smart Choppers electrify motorcycle technology ;
- Schneider Electric and Orange County Choppers to build hybrid motorcycle ;
- Other sustainable engineering news and products .
- Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering , www.controleng.com