Honda & Japan Post Sign MoU Relating To Electric Motorcycle Mail Delivery

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Honda and Japan Post have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to the future development and use of electric motorcycles for postal deliveries.

The idea is to eventually replace the gas/petrol-powered motorcycles currently in use for some local mail deliveries with electric ones.

It’s worth explaining here that for the last 50 years or so Honda and Japan Post have maintained a fairly close working relationship, and Honda provides (and has cooperated with Japan Post on the development of) a number of motorcycle models.

The press release continues: “Amid a growing consciousness concerning the global environment, businesses are expected to act in a more environmentally-responsible manner. This includes making a transition to a recycling-oriented society where limited resources are used more effectively as well as complying with increasingly strict exhaust emissions regulations.

“Under such circumstances, Japan Post and Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing on the use of environmentally-responsible electric vehicles for postal delivery operation and charging stations at post offices. Through such testing, Japan Post and Honda will pursue discussions toward the establishment of social infrastructure which will contribute to the sustainability of the global environment. Moreover, in order to secure the ability to offer sustainable and universally available services for postal businesses, the two companies will discuss how the system and capability as well as the quality of maintenance service for vehicles used for postal delivery can be secured and maintained.”

It’s a bit unclear what that will mean in practice, but presumably Honda is now taking the development of electric motorcycles at least somewhat seriously — after all, Japan Post is a serious customer, so there’s no doubt money to be made there.

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