HONDA DEBUTS FLEX-FUEL BIKE IN BRAZIL
Moto Honda da Amazonia Ltda. (HDA), Honda's Brazilian subsidiary, wants to sell about 200,000 flex-fuel motorcycles a year. The CG150 Titan Mix, which sells for about $2,700, includes an independently developed Mix Fuel Injection System which mixes bio-ethanol and gasoline. Nearly 90 percent of new automobiles sold in Brazil use flex-fuel technology.
HONDA, YUASA IN BATTERY JV
Blue Energy Co. is the new joint venture company established by Honda and GS Yuasa Corp. to develop, manufacture and sell lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles. Honda is developing a battery powered motorcycle and reportedly plans to introduce it to the market in about two years.
FIM ENDORSES ALT FUEL RACE
FIM, the world governing body for motorcycle sport, has officially endorsed the TTXGP race, a time trial competition open only to two-wheelers powered by clean emissions technologies. The competition will be held in June on the Isle of Man. "We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to nonpolluting engines, as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned," says Vito Ippolito, FIM president.
ZERO HOSTS ELECTRICROSS
Two Guinness World Records were recently set when 10 teams racing electric dirt bikes spent an entire day circling 1,015 laps at the 408MX Motocross Track in San Jose, Calif. to cover more than 500 miles. Records were set for the largest electric motorcycle race and for the furthest distance traveled on an all-electric off-road motorcycle in 24 hours. The event was hosted by Zero Motorcycles.