Honda of Japan announced the launch of an electric version of its popular Gyro commercial tricycle. Gyro Canopy e is a covered version of Gyro e launched earlier this year and benefits from the same convenience of replaceable batteries.The first tricycle of the Gyro family was a 50cc model launched in 1982, and the first tricycle with a roof was launched in 2008. The appearance of the 2021 Gyro Canopy e is similar to the concept car introduced at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but it is now ready to be used on the road.
This electric tricycle is only available in Japan, where it is classified as a moped, and it has a full windshield that curves up above the seated rider and ends in a small portion of the backrest. This provides some protection, even though the sides are very open, and the electric dual-link wipers help move wet things away.
It is estimated that this electric freight tricycle can reach a maximum output of 3.2kW (4.3hp) at 5800rpm and a torque of 13Nm at 2300rpm. Honda reports that at an average of 30 km/h (18.6 mph), the test range is 77 km (47.8 miles), and then it takes five hours of charging time to put the tricycle on the road again. But companies can solve this problem by replacing the two Honda mobile power packs under the seats with new ones, and continuing to ride when the used up power packs are full.
Despite the two wheels at the back, the Gyro Canopy e still maintains the outline of the city street, with a width of only 700 mm (27.5 inches) and a wheelbase of 1360 mm (53.5 inches). It has a reverse mode, a turning radius of 1.9 meters (6.2 feet), and a hinge mechanism that allows the front part to be tilted to the corner, while the cargo part remains level.
The cargo box is not shown in the photos provided, but there is no doubt that such a thing can be installed to meet the delivery of food and parcels, although Honda also uses electric tricycles as the target of patrol services.
Gyro Canopy e is sold in Japan, available in white and red, priced at 715,000 yen (approximately RMB 40,158).