In mid-March of this year, Moto Honda da Amazonia Ltda. (HDA), a Honda subsidiary in Brazil, will begin producing the world's first flexible fuel motorcycle -- the CG150 TITAN MIX.
Autoblog Green reports, "The ethanol-capable bike features a 150cc single cylinder engine that's equipped with Honda's proprietary Mix Fuel Injection System which is capable of detecting the presence and concentration of ethanol and gasoline and tailoring its operation based on what it's been fed."
Wait, what?! Is it just me, or do you find it surprising that with as much as we've heard in recent years about flex-fuel cars and trucks that this is the first two-wheeler to employ this technology?
But make no mistake; Brazil isn't just jumping on the ethanol bandwagon. In fact, out of all of the new vehicles sold in Brazil, about 90 percent of them are flex-fuel capable. Motorcycle sales in Brazil are extremely high, too, making it a good strategic location for Honda to launch this new motorcycle technology. As Honda points out in its official News Release, "Industry-wide new motorcycle registrations in Brazil reached approximately 1.91 million units in 2008, and Honda sales accounted for 1.326 million units of the total."
The innovative new motorcycle will sell for just under $3,000 (6,340 Brazilian Real), and the Brazilian subsidiary is targeting sales of the CG150 TITAN MIX at around 200,000 units annually.