The Honda Super Cub has been one of the most successful two wheelers ever made – with over 60 million units sold it’s the absolute largest selling two wheeled machine on the planet. For the past 50 years, the Super Cub has remained almost unchanged. The Honda EV-Cub envisions and electric version of the iconic machine – one which is future ready and environmentally friendly.
Designer Tokumaru Watanabe looked at every single Super Cub design while shaping the EV-Cub. He realized that the size, shape and position of all the Super Cub parts were more or less essential, as the Super Cub was a very functional and well thought out design. The Super Cub has passed the test of time, and since the human body has not changed in the past 50 years, to carry over the legendary design unaltered was a big lure.
However, EV-Cub required to be different from the original, it needed a design that matched the characteristics of a battery electric vehicle. So some changes were made to accommodate a different powertrain. Since an electric motor is much smaller, one motor each was located at the front and rear wheels. Removal of engine also liberated space for the body to become more slender, easier to ride, and created a small compartment for helmet storage. The Super Cub’s essence was retained while different power source with style was accommodated very efficiently.
The EV-cub features a slender demeanour, with slim 5×2 spoke wheels, a classic round headlamp, bits of chrome, round RVMs and a nostalgia evoking seat, which are all a nod to the model’s legendary past. The white and satin silver colour scheme with red highlights is also very clean and classy.
The instrument panel comprises a screen on the EV-Cub. The handlebars are integrated into the body – a very clever design detail. The rechargeable battery sits below the footboard and can be detached to be recharged from a wall socket.
Check out this neo-noir piece of art in the images below