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Yamaha charge towards electric with trio of battery-powered concepts

Published: 10 October 2019

Updated: 10 October 2019

Yamaha have unveiled three electric motorbike concepts that could be the perfect city runarounds. 

Unveiled ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, which starts on Wednesday, October 23, the three bikes join the TY-E electric trials concept in Yamaha’s electric portfolio, as they join Honda in becoming the second major Japanese brand to make strides towards electrification.

The major model they have unveiled is the catchily named Yamaha E01, and its radical looks hide what the company say is a remarkably practical scooter. 

Details on the bike are scarce but Yamaha say the scoot has power output equivalent to a 125cc scooter (about 14bhp to us) and that it’s fast-charge compatible. 

They also say it provides plenty of range although stop short of giving any key figures, but we’d imagine 100km (60 miles) will have been a key target. Despite this one taking top billing, however, the Yamaha E02 is arguably the more exciting machine.

Described as the 'next-generation electric commuter bike', the E02 is smaller, with power output roughly the same as a 50cc scooter. 

What’s more interesting is that the batteries are removable, so we can only assume this is the first fruits of Yamaha’s deal with Gogoro: a Taiwanese scooter manufacturer who already produce a battery-swap scooter. 

Gogoro’s machine, the Smartscooter 2, has two 9kg batteries under the seat that, when fully charged, give it a range of 100km. It weighs 112kg fully loaded and the electric motor puts out 6.4kW giving it a top speed of 58mph. 

Yamaha E02 electric scooter concept

The Smartscooter 2 also has some clever security tech: on top of the usual ignition key, the bike also makes use of fingerprint scanning in your phone to ensure that even if someone steals the key or forces the lock, they can’t get it started. 

They sell in Taiwan for just over £1200 however if Yamaha bring a bike like this to the UK, we’d expect it to cost considerably more.

As well as the two scooters, Yamaha have also unveiled the YPJ-YZ, which is an electric mountain bike that borrows some design ideas of their YZ motocross machines. 

Yamaha YPJ-YZ electric mountain bike

Yamaha unveiled a variety of machines ahead of the show, plus all sort of other ideas including a self-driving four-wheeled off-roader

However they have also announced that they will unveil another two bikes when the show opens later this month, so you’ll have to come back to find out what Yamaha have up their sleeves.

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