Honda started out in the two-wheeler business, first with motorized bicycles before becoming the world’s largest motorcycle company. Now in its quest to revolutionize urban mobility via conventional cars like the four-seat retro-cute EV-N (which apes the original N600) and the electric self-leveling unicycle U3-X, Honda is now proposing the single-seat 3R-C three-wheel electric motorcycle. The batteries are mounted low in the chassis to keep the center of gravity low for better stability, and it features a clear canopy that covers the driver’s seat while it is parked. When in motion, the canopy becomes an enveloping wind-shield that provides the pilot with significant protection, and there’s a flexible cover that surrounds the upper torso to reduce exposure to bad weather. The high sides of the racing-style seat reduce the threat from side impacts and improve weather protection. There’s even a small lockable stowage compartment ahead of the driver.
Personally, the 3R-C doesn’t appear to provide enough of the fun and excitement of a motorcycle to attract the two-wheel enthusiasts, while looking too exposed and motorcycle-like to attract small-car folks. We’d be perfectly happy for Honda to try this out on Europe before bothering to bring it to the U.S.