Honda’s Electric Evolution: The Cub e:, Dax e:, and ZOOMER e: Powering into the Future!

Honda's Iconic Motorcycles Go Electric

Stepping into the heart of Shanghai, you'd expect to be lost in the swirling cacophony of city noise, bustling streets, and a never-ending swarm of people. But instead, you are greeted with an eerie, somewhat poetic silence, occasionally punctuated by the soft whir of electric bicycles zipping past. You see, the city is riding on a new wave of green energy, spearheaded by three notable contenders from Honda's e: series – the Cub e:, the Dax e:, and the ZOOMER e:.

As soon as they hit the streets, these electric bikes sent ripples across the biking community. Their unveiling was much like the first stirrings of the Chinese New Year Dragon, emerging from its slumber and heralding a fresh beginning. And this fresh start comes with an audacious promise from Honda – to introduce a suite of more than ten electric motorcycles by 2025.

While I am thrilled by the greener prospect, there's an uncanny sense of nostalgia that lingers with the debut of these three EB models. They're inspired by their older siblings – the Super Cub, Dax, and ZOOMER, iconic motorcycles that defined many a rider's journey. It's like stepping into a time machine, witnessing an infusion of classic design sensibilities with modern tech.

The Cub e:, much like a classic vinyl record spun on a sleek, modern turntable, brings back the charm of the best-selling Honda Cub, albeit in a softer, minimalist avatar. It’s not as flashy or sprightly as its gas-powered cousin, but it does hold a certain appeal for the younger, eco-conscious riders it targets. It’s a commendable balance of old school charm and new-age sensibilities.

The Dax e:, on the other hand, is a playful spirit. Its off-road vibe is something of a misfit in the city's concrete jungle, yet it somehow manages to fit right in. It brings a touch of the wild to the city streets, like a burst of vibrant street art in an otherwise drab urban landscape.

And then there's the Zoomer e:, the most peculiar of the trio. Its distinctive design stands out, much like a piece of avant-garde architecture amidst traditional pagodas. A true embodiment of quirky, spirited individualism, it holds a mirror to the eclectic mix of old and new that is so characteristic of Shanghai.

However, there's a tinge of disappointment. These three speed-limited electric bikes, topping at 25 km/h, might be likened to magnificent dragons clipped of their wings. They don't lack in style, but where's the thrill of the ride? It's like enjoying a serene river cruise when you expected a white-water rafting adventure.

While they serve the purpose of contributing to a greener world, their true potential seems restrained. But in all fairness, perhaps that's all that's required for the targeted audience – a convenient, stylish, and eco-friendly means of commuting through busy city streets.

In all their futuristic allure, the Cub e:, Dax e:, and ZOOMER e: are shaping up to be more than mere transportation devices. They are a canvas for expression, an avenue for sharing life’s stories, and a testament to a future that's committed to preserving the past while embracing the cutting edge of innovation. But to truly earn their legendary stripes, they’ll need to offer more than just style and nostalgia. They need to reinvent the spirit of biking for the next generation. Only time will tell if they rise to the occasion.


  1. Eco-Friendly: The most significant advantage is the environmental impact. As electric vehicles, they produce zero emissions, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  2. Iconic Design: Each model draws from Honda's popular lines, delivering a sense of nostalgia to those familiar with the Super Cub, Dax, and ZOOMER models. This blend of old and new design motifs can be an appealing feature for many.
  3. Lower Maintenance: As is the case with most electric vehicles, these bikes will likely have lower maintenance costs compared to their gas-powered counterparts due to fewer moving parts and no need for fuel or oil changes.
  4. Urban Mobility: With a top speed of 25 km/h, they're perfect for city commutes, getting around congested areas, and weaving through traffic where higher speeds aren't necessary or practical.
  5. Value for Money: The Cub e: and Dax e: are priced around $885, and the ZOOMER e: around $900 (in the Chinese market). These relatively affordable prices for electric vehicles could attract a younger, cost-conscious demographic.


  1. Limited Speed: The biggest disadvantage is the top speed of 25 km/h. For those looking for an exhilarating ride, these e-bikes might disappoint.
  2. Limited Range: While the Dax e: and ZOOMER e: can cover 50 and 56 miles respectively on a full charge, the Cub e: falls short with a range of only 40 miles. Depending on commute distance, this could mean frequent recharges.
  3. Lack of Pedals' Utility: The pedals, while present, seem more of a design feature than for actual utility, and the twist throttle seems to be the main control method.
  4. Limited Availability: These bikes are primarily aimed at the Chinese market and there's no confirmation of them being available internationally.
  5. Diminished Charm: For fans of the original gas-powered versions, the electric iterations, especially the Cub e:, may lose some charm and charisma inherent in their predecessors.

In conclusion, while the Honda Cub e:, Dax e:, and ZOOMER e: have their merits and downsides, their real value could lie in their potential as catalysts for Honda's larger move into electric mobility, which would have more profound implications for the market and environment.

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