The Japanese automaker is expanding its green vehicle markets by filing product patents in various countries.
Honda is looking to solidify its reputation for electric vehicles, following in the footsteps of Bajaj Auto, TVS and Hero MotoCorp, which have an electric scooter ready to launch and a significant investment in Ather Energy. Reports show that HMSI has filed several patents in India over the past few months that relate to electric vehicles and electric vehicle technology in general. In the recent past, the company has also filed a number of patents for removable battery packs, charging infrastructure, cooling systems, and more. A few months ago, Honda filed patents for the PCX electric scooter, which was also shown at Auto Expo 2018.
The patents show that the scooter is equipped with a 4.2 kW motor and a removable 50.4 V lithium-ion battery. The battery can be charged without removing it using the charging cable, but its detachable provides additional convenience. Available in global markets, the Honda PCX comes with a hybrid combustion engine as well as all-electric powertrains. However, the all-electric PCX is patented in India. Rumors also suggest that Honda has filed patents for an electric motorcycle that resembles the Honda CB300R.
Of course, filing a patent does not necessarily mean that a product / technology will be on the market any time soon. Also, another important thing to look out for is the fact that most of the patents were filed by either Honda Motor Co. or Honda R&D Co. and not Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI). One of the reasons may be the protection of intellectual property associated with new products and technologies.