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Honda unveils electric motorbike

Honda Motor Co. is rolling out a small, scooter-type electric motorbike, it said on Tuesday, after having put an earlier model back in the shed more than a decade ago.

With the EV-neo electric motorcycle, Honda, which sells the Insight and other gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, and the FCX Clarity hydrogen powered fuel-cell car, brings some of its latest green technology to motorbikes.

Japan’s second biggest carmaker and the world’s biggest motorcycle maker by volume first leased electric motorcycles 16 years ago, albeit in small numbers, rolling out only 200 bikes over three years.

But in a sign of potentially deep demand in some emerging markets for such advanced electric motorbikes, Yamaha Motor Co., the world’s second largest motorcycle maker, also plans to roll out its latest electric motorbike this summer.

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(Source: The Wall Street Journal Online)