Honda Announces World’s first Mass-Produced Motorized scooter Equipped With a Motorcycle Hybrid System
Honda today announced the latest addition to its PCX series- popular for its stylish design and environmentally friendly engines, the PCX HYBRID, the world’s first mass-produced motorized scooter (125cc or less) equipped with a motorcycle hybrid system. Honda PCX HYBRID will go on sale in Japan on Friday, September 14.
The PCX HYBRID, based on the PCX released in April 2018, is powered by a new high-output lithium ion battery, adding drive assist to the ACG starter that conventionally starts the engine and generates electricity. By a motor assisting the engine, the PCX HYBRID realizes sharper throttle response and superior performance compared to conventional scooters in the same class, while maintaining the PCX engine’s characteristic quietness and feel of quality.
Two motor assist modes allow the rider to choose the level of motor assist: “D” mode provides comfortable riding with suitable assist and exceptional fuel economy, and “S” mode provides stronger assist for a sporty ride.The PCX series is powered by a durable, quiet and highly fuel efficient global scooter engine “eSP” mounted on a high-rigidity double-cradle frame. All-LED lights and continuously flowing curves from the front to rear make the PCX’s styling elegant and relaxed. Convenient features such as the Honda SMART Key system add to the series’ popularity among a wide range of customers.
The Honda PCX HYBRID’s compact hybrid system fits within the PCX’s chassis, realizing motor-assisted agile throttle response and high performance, while retaining the PCX’s versatility. The engine is started and assisted by an ACG starter (with drive assist) controlled by the Power Drive Unit (PDU) which determines assist amount and monitors the high-output 48V lithium ion battery.
The ACG starter assists for 4 seconds after activated by throttle operation. The assist amount is determined according to the amount of throttle, and enables agile acceleration according to ride conditions while maintaining ease of use equivalent to the PCX. Increased torque due to motor assist realizes stronger acceleration, and agile throttle response only a motor can provide.
Two motor assist modes, “D” mode for comfortable riding with suitable assist and better fuel economy, and “S” mode with stronger assist for a sporty ride, can be selected according to ride conditions and rider preference. Compact battery unit houses both high energy-density lithium ion battery and Battery Management Unit (BMU) that monitors remaining charge.
By utilizing the 125cc scooter’s limited space, such as positioning the lithium ion battery to the rear of the 23-liter capacity luggage box, and the PDU within the front cover, the PCX HYBRID retains the PCX’s versatility, relaxed riding position, and ease of handling.
The instrument panel clearly displays various hybrid system details. In addition to speed, time, and average fuel consumption, the panel displays motor assist mode and amount, lithium ion battery charge status, level and remaining charge. The PCX HYBRID’s idling stop system has a shorter start time than the PCX, and contributes to quietness while stationary and improved fuel economy.Honda PCX HYBRID will be available in Japan for 432,000 yen ($3905).