> Stephen Keller Wrote:
> My only gripe with the Cub is the trans, I see it as a potential turn
> off to new riders vs a cvt system, but Honda is selling world wide, not
> just to shifting challenged America. If the Electric Cub were to go on
> sale and its range was something I could commute on it could well be the
> first "new" vehicle I would have ever bought, though knowing myself I
> would wait a year for used to become available. :)
I think it's intentional, and a good call. CVT has a market, and it's scooters. People with scooters don't often move out of that comfort zone, but Honda was very successful in coaxing their ruckus fan base onto shifty bikes, opening a whole new loyal motorcycle market, via the grom.
I'm pretty involved with the other end of the electric cars - the battery side. seems to me a lot of the folks are waiting to see how the legislation will fall, especially with the very volatile current political climate - vehicles especially are very global, parts produced everywhere and assembled etc, and it's even more true of batteries, so tarrifs are a big concern, as is incentives, where some places are taking active roles in accelerating the technology, others stand poised to directly oppose progress.
But also the technology is accelerating quickly. a battery made today may be much better than one from 2 years ago, and certainly very superior to 10 years ago.
Electric makes a ton of sense, even on a major geopolitical scale - energy independence etc. So even those who aren't traditionally on the progressive side of things are likely to find reasons to support it.