• Honda E-Canopy Trike side

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike logo

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike side

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike side

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike side

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike rear wheel

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike rear wheel

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike rear wheel

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike front

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike front 3/4

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike windscreen

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike chair

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike rear 3/4

  • Honda E-Canopy Trike rear 3/4

Honda may be looking to take on the Hoveround in the competitive personal mobility segment. The company unveiled its E-Canopy three-wheeled scooter at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Honda envisions the all-electric trike primarily for personal use, though the large optional trunk may also make the vehicle ideal for small delivery businesses that may need to cover short distances. The large, plexiglass windscreen should help keep the driver fairly dry in light weather, though the lack of passenger seating may be a problem should the E-Canopy ever make it to production.

We can already see roving gangs of overweight Americans whirring their way to the local Golden Arches before prowling the aisles of their favorite box stores on their Honda Hoveround E-Canopy.


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      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it a two wheeler like the bmw c1
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the four-wheel cart thing behind it without a windscreen and a white drum? Again, Renault should park a fleet of Twizys outside these shows under a sign "Do you like every other car company's unavailable future mobility concepts? In two months you can BUY a Twizy." And Autoblog, there's no need for multiple nearly identical pictures in your galleries
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @skierpage
        "What's the four-wheel cart thing behind it without a windscreen and a white drum?" The EV-Monpal Electric Cart. It's a personal mobility scooter. http://world.honda.com/power/scooter/ Regarding the Renault, they have just as much opportunity to display their own vehicles at the show - no need to gatecrash out front. That's what car shows are for.
          skierpage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Thanks, it sounds like Honda Power Products is also going through its own wrenching transition from gasoline engines to battery power. "The Motor Compo is powered by a special loop battery that also serves as an auxiliary power source for the Micro Commuter Concept’s air conditioner, sound system and other systems, and can also be used to power devices such as laptop computers"; "a small battery pack that can be used in a variety of products—everything from lawnmowers and power products to vehicles." It's the size of a lunchbox, no specs yet but maybe Honda can store ~1 kW·h in it.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @skierpage
        Allow me to correct myself - Honda calls it the Townwalker.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a regular 2-wheel scooter with an electric motor? The narrow track on the rear limits its speed quite a bit. However, this could be part of the solution to less pollution and traffic in cities.
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Between this and the GEM, I kind of like the concept of small and simple. I like the GEM's a bit more but this is cool, too. I am procrastinating on buying a BEV or EREV, and maybe a cheaper option would get me off the fence. I really don't need two tons of steel to get me across town...
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice idea, snarky article...but nice idea...
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just imagine a guy weaving this thing through hellish traffic during a tropical thundershower in the Bangkok evening rush-hour desperate to make a delivery on time. No joke, I am just so glad I'll never expereince any of what I described. But why the rear axle? Is it any safer than a two-wheeler? What about when weather comes from the side a bit, aka, the wind? Honda keeps making indefensibly stupid mistakes without pause. Why this, when the new civic hybrid is a desperate ancient turd joke requiring apologies? Why the 'honda jet' when the only decent thing one can say for their cars is "they used to be Honda"?!?!? This calls for MASS HIRI KIRI. Am I spelling it right? :)
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      with that type of vehicle you want to clearly distinguish the design from the handicap scooters : )
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