Japan – Summary of Briefing on Honda Motorcycle Business

Honda aims to realize carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities Honda is involved in by 2050. Today, Honda held a press briefing regarding its motorcycle business initiatives, presented by Kohei Takeuchi (Director, Executive Vice President and Representative Executive Officer) and Yoshishige Nomura (Managing Officer).

A summary of the briefing follows:

1. Approach toward carbon neutrality of motorcycle products

To accommodate a variety of uses and needs of customers around the world, Honda offers a wide range of motorcycle products, from small commuter models to large fun models, which are used globally in both emerging and advanced countries. In emerging nations, especially, there is high demand for motorcycles, mainly commuter models, as a lifeline of people in their everyday life; however, popularization of electric models faces challenges such as heavier vehicle weight and higher prices. Also, demand for electric models depends largely on government incentives, regulations and availability of charging infrastructure in each respective market.

Considering these circumstances, Honda will accelerate the electrification of motorcycles as the primary focus of environmental strategies for motorcycle business, while also continuing to advance ICE, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality for all of its motorcycle products during the 2040s. Moreover, Honda will continue to lead the industry at the forefront of its environmental initiatives.

<Continued Initiatives to Advance ICE>
In order to realize carbon neutrality while accommodating the wide range of customer needs and usage environments unique to motorcycles, Honda continues its initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from ICE models, while also developing models compatible with carbon neutral fuels such as gasoline-ethanol blends. To be more specific, in addition to Brazil where flex-fuel (E100)*1 motorcycle models are already available, Honda plans to introduce flex-fuel models in India, as well, one of the major motorcycle markets. The plan is to first introduce flex-fuel (E20) *1 models beginning in 2023, and flex-fuel (E100) models in 2025.

2. Electrification Initiatives

<Introducing electric motorcycle models to meet wide-ranging customer needs>
Anticipating market expansion, Honda will introduce electric motorcycles that accommodate a wide range of customer needs. Commuter models and fun models combined, Honda will introduce more than 10 new electric motorcycle models by 2025, with an aim to reach annual electric motorcycle sales of 1 million units within the next five years, and 3.5 million units (approximately 15% of total sales) as of 2030.

Details of product launch plans follow:

(1) Commuter EVs

As businesses are becoming more environmentally conscious, demand for business-use electric motorcycle models has been on the rise in recent years. To fulfill such demand, Honda has been offering the Honda e: Business Bike series models and accelerating the global launch of business-use electric motorcycles. In addition to providing a Honda e: Business Bike series model to Japan Post and Vietnam Post Corporation*2 for mail delivery, Honda is currently conducting joint trials with Thailand Post Company Limited*3, and planning to begin production and sales of the Benly e: in Thailand before the end of this month. These Honda e: Business Bike series models are equipped with Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) swappable batteries, which are well-suited to business use such as the delivery of small packages and resolve issues of range and charging time, which are key challenges that need to be addressed to realize widespread use of electric motorcycles.

For personal use, Honda plans to introduce two commuter EV models between 2024 and 2025 across Asia, Europe and Japan. Envisioning the future market environment, uses and technological advancements, Honda is exploring a range of future personal-use models including ones equipped with a power source besides swappable batteries.

(2) Commuter EMs*4 / EBs*5

Currently, EMs and EBs account for more than 90% of industry-wide global electric motorcycle unit sales (approximately 50 million units). In China, the world’s largest electric motorcycle market, EMs / EBs are widely adopted as a convenient form of everyday mobility, and Honda has been offering such products by leveraging its local supplier infrastructure and development / manufacturing operations. With the expectation that demand for EMs / EBs will be expanding globally, Honda plans to introduce a total of five compact and affordable EM and EB models between now and 2024 across Asia, Europe and Japan, in addition to China.

(3) FUN EVs

In addition to commuter EVs, Honda is actively developing electrified models in the “FUN” category. Based on its FUN EV platform currently under development, Honda plans to introduce a total of three large-size FUN EV models across Japan, the U.S and Europe between 2024 and 2025. Honda will also introduce Kids Fun EV model, designed to pass on the joy of riding to the next generation.

<High-efficiency “Monozukuri” that enables expansion of the electric model lineup and sales>
Based on its competitive “Monozukuri” (art of making things) know-how, amassed through the development and application of platforms for ICE-powered models, Honda will develop and apply electric motorcycle platforms that combine the three core components for electric vehicles “the battery, PCU and motor” with the motorcycle body. By fulfilling customer needs with highly efficient Monozukuri, Honda will continue to offer the joy of mobility with affordably-priced electric motorcycle models.

Regarding the battery, a core component of electric vehicles, Honda aims to equip its electric motorcycle models with an all-solid-state battery Honda is currently developing by making active use of its own resources.

3. Smoother and Smarter Use of Electric Motorcycles

<Initiatives to enhance charging infrastructure and standardize batteries>
Enhancement of charging infrastructure and standardization of battery specifications are vital for the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles. As part of the enhancement of charging infrastructure, Honda is working toward popularization of battery sharing.

(1) Popularization of battery sharing
Honda has established a joint venture in Indonesia, one of the major motorcycle markets, to operate a battery sharing service utilizing MPPs and MPP-powered motorcycles. The JV is currently operating a battery sharing service in Bali.

In India, Honda is planning to begin its battery sharing service for electric tricycle taxis (so-called “rickshaws”) by the end of this year. Honda is also planning to expand its initiatives to popularize battery sharing to other Asian nations.

In Japan, in April of this year, ENEOS Holdings, Inc. and the four major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers*6 jointly incorporated Gachaco, Inc., which will provide a sharing service of standardized swappable batteries for electric motorcycles and develop infrastructure for this service. The company plans to begin its motorcycle battery sharing service this fall.

(2) Standardization of batteries
In Japan, four major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have agreed on common specifications for swappable batteries based on the JASO TP21003*7 guideline.
Honda is working toward the standardization of swappable batteries while participating in a battery consortium in Europe*8 and working with a partner company in India.

<Strengthening of the areas of software technologies>
To increase the added value of its electric motorcycles, Honda is aiming to transform its business from a focus on non-recurring hardware (product) sales business to a recurring business model combining hardware and software.

In the area of software development, Honda is working with its software subsidiary, Drivemode*9, to enhance new value creation for its electric motorcycle products in the connected realm. Starting with the commuter EV model scheduled to go on sale in 2024, Honda will offer user experience (UX) features that continuously enrich the quality of riding through connectivity, such as offering optimal route options that take into consideration remaining range, charging spot notification, safe riding coaching and after-sales service support.

Looking ahead, Honda will work toward the establishment of a connected platform where greater value will be generated not only by connecting its motorcycles, but by linking a wide range of Honda products and realizing connectivity beyond their product domains.

*1 Gasoline-ethanol blend fuel. Various blend rates are available, from 100% gasoline to 100% ethanol. E100 is 100% ethanol, while E20 is 20% ethanol.
*2 Vietnamese postal service
*3 Thailand postal service
*4 Electric Moped category. Maximum speed: 25km/h – 50km/h
*5 Electric Bicycle category, not including electric-assisted bicycles. Maximum speed: 25km/h or lower.
*6 Honda, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
*7 The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. Organization (JASO) technical paper TP21003, the “Guideline For Swappable Batteries Of Electric Two Wheel Vehicles”
*8 Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) established for the purpose of achieving widespread adoption of electric motorcycles and other small-sized electric mobility products.
*9 A developer of software that transforms UX for mobility. Drivemode builds smarter, safer, connected driving technology for everyone on the road.

Sectors: Automotive, Motorsports

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Canada – Technical briefing on culture change in the Canadian Armed Forces

Media advisory

Media are invited to a virtual technical briefing regarding recent initiatives and future plans taken by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to advance culture change within Canada’s military, enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces, and ensure an inclusive and safe workplace for all Defence Team members.

March 21, 2022 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to a virtual technical briefing regarding recent initiatives and future plans taken by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to advance culture change within Canada’s military, enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces, and ensure an inclusive and safe workplace for all Defence Team members.

Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan, Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture, and Major-General Lise Bourgon, Acting Chief of Military Personnel, will provide an overview of the Canadian Armed Forces’ approach to diversity, inclusion, and culture change, and along with other senior leaders will be available to answer questions.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. EDT

Interested media must register for this event by contacting the Media Relations Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Connection details will be provided upon registration.

Associated Links

Conduct and Culture – Canada.ca
Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture
Military Personnel Command

Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333

Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

Hong Kong – Online briefing for candidates of 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections to be held on Thursday evening

Online briefing for candidates of 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections to be held on Thursday evening


The following is issued on behalf of the Electoral Affairs Commission:
     The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) will hold an online briefing for candidates of the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections (ECSSOEs) at 7.30pm on Thursday (August 26).
     The EAC Chairman, Mr Justice Barnabas Fung Wah, will chair the briefing and brief candidates about the electoral arrangement for the ECSSOEs, the guidelines on election-related activities and important points to note in running their election campaigns. A representative from the Independent Commission Against Corruption will explain the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance. A representative from Hongkong Post will explain the arrangement and requirements of the free postage service for election mail. Representatives from the Registration and Electoral Office and the Department of Justice will also be present.
     The Registration and Electoral Office has issued invitations to candidates and election agents for registration to the online briefing. Successfully registered candidates/election agents will receive login details and points to note. During the question and answer session of the briefing, questions submitted online by candidates/election agents will be randomly selected by a computer system.
     Radio Television Hong Kong will provide live broadcast of the briefing on RTHK TV 32. The briefing will also be broadcast live on the website of the Information Services Department (webcast.info.gov.hk). Relevant information on the briefing and ECSSOEs will be available at the election website (www.elections.gov.hk) for viewing by the candidates and the general public.
     For enquiries, please call the election hotline at 2891 1001 or email to reoenq@reo.gov.hk.

NASA Sets Briefing to Discuss Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Next Steps

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team will discuss plans for the rotorcraft’s remaining flight campaign during a virtual media briefing at 12:30 p.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. PDT) Friday, April 30. The helicopter has flown successfully three times and completed its mission objectives, and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California aim to push the limits of what this experiment can do.

The briefing will stream live on the NASA JPL YouTube channel, the NASA app and the agency’s website.

Briefing participants include:

  • Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters
  • MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager at JPL
  • J. “Bob” Balaram, Ingenuity chief engineer at JPL
  • Ken Farley, Perseverance project scientist at Caltech
  • Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance rover deputy project manager at JPL

Members of the media who wish to participate in the briefing by telephone must provide their name and affiliation to Rexana Vizza at rexana.v.vizza@jpl.nasa.gov no later than 10:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. PDT) Friday, April 30. Members of the public may also ask questions on social media during the briefing using #MarsHelicopter.

The Ingenuity technology demonstration is supported by NASA’s Science, Aeronautics Research, and Space Technology mission directorates. JPL, managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations for Ingenuity and the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.

Follow Ingenuity via the @NASA, @NASAJPL, and @NASAMars Twitter accounts; NASA, NASAJPL and NASAMars Facebook accounts; and the NASA and NASAJPL Instagram accounts.

The Ingenuity press kit is available at: https://go.nasa.gov/ingenuity-press-kit

More information about Ingenuity is available at: https://go.nasa.gov/ingenuity


Hong Kong – SHA holds briefing sessions on improvements to electoral system of Hong Kong for sports and culture sectors (with photos/video)

SHA holds briefing sessions on improvements to electoral system of Hong Kong for sports and culture sectors (with photos/video)


     ​The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Caspar Tsui, today (April 6) held three briefing sessions for the sports and culture sectors to explain the approval by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the amended Annex I to the Basic Law on Method for the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Annex II to the Basic Law on Method for the Formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and its Voting Procedures, enabling the stakeholders to have a better understanding on the matter and to render their support.

     Mr Tsui said the improvements in the electoral system of the HKSAR can accord with the actual situation of Hong Kong and can better attend to the overall interests of Hong Kong society, enhancing the governance of the HKSAR. As such, the “one country, two systems” principle will continue to be implemented steadfastly, maintaining advantages of Hong Kong.

     Mr Tsui will continue to conduct a number of such sessions to brief various sectors, listen to their opinions and call on members of the community for their full support on the relevant amendments.