Honda Builds Scooters That Use Fuel Cells and Gas-electric Engines

Hybrid scooter is 37 percent less carbon dioxide than a gasoline-powered Dio and is 1.6 times more fuel efficient...

Published: 26-Aug-2004

Honda said it has built scooters powered by fuel cells and gasoline-electric engines, extending the hybrid technology for the first time to two-wheeled vehicles.

The automaker developed a scooter with a fuel cell-power plant the size of a normal 125-cubic-centimeter gasoline engine as well as a so-called hybrid two-wheeler with a 50cc engine, Honda President Takeo Fukui told reporters at the company's research center in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

Record-high gasoline prices and tightening air-pollution laws prompted Honda and bigger rival Toyota to begin selling hybrid cars that have lower emissions. Honda is trying to apply the technology in two-wheelers to extend its lead over motorcycle makers Suzuki and Yamaha.

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