Nobody can accuse of Yamaha of racing too shortly in the direction of electrification of its two-wheeled lineup. However it seems the corporate could be slowly lifting its dragging ft after submitting a brand new trademark for an electrical scooter.
After we first coated Yamaha’s unveiling of the E01 at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, it was only a idea car. Spectacular, however an idea nonetheless.
Now it seems that Yamaha may very well be planning to carry the E01 electrical scooter to manufacturing. That’s based mostly on a brand new trademark submitting for the scooter’s nameplate.
Yamaha utilized for the E01 trademark with the European Union Mental Property Workplace earlier this month. Assuming no oppositions are raised throughout a public objection interval, the trademark might be granted in mid-Could of this 12 months.
The Yamaha E01 is a 125cc class electrical scooter that seems to be designed with consolation in thoughts. Upon its unveiling in 2019, it was notable for trying rather more sensible than most idea automobiles, additional buoying hopes that Yamaha was truly planning to carry the scooter to market.
On the time, Yamaha described the scooter in a press release supplied to Electrek:
“Combining Yamaha’s scooter and EV applied sciences, [the E01] brings practicality for on a regular basis use in addition to a high quality experience exceeding that of standard scooters. Along with wonderful consolation, it incorporates a design that expressively highlights a brand new era of sporty styling.”
Whereas Yamaha has been gradual to the electrical recreation, this after all gained’t be its first electrical scooter.
The corporate additionally presents the 50cc class Yamaha e-Vino, although that scooter is a bit disappointing in the specs department. Regardless of (or maybe due to) its small and cute design, the e-Vino incorporates a puny 500Wh battery pack providing simply 29 km (18 mi) of vary.
Yamaha additionally has a extra properly spec’d electrical scooter, the Yamaha EC05. That scooter was developed in a partnership with widespread Taiwanese electrical scooter maker Gogoro although, and thus principally sports activities Gogoro’s licensed proprietary expertise.
On the identical time that Yamaha unveiled the E01 idea again in 2019, the corporate additionally confirmed off quite a few different attention-grabbing electrical two-wheelers together with an electrical trials bike.
If the E01 is headed for manufacturing, that might imply excellent news for the Yamaha TY-E and different electrical ideas showcased by the corporate.
Lastly, whereas we prefer to rag on Yamaha a bit for punting on electrical motorbikes while startups pass them by, I’d be remiss if I didn’t level out that the corporate’s electrical bicycle division is definitely fairly progressive.
Yamaha has quite a few high performance and high quality electric bicycles and produces its personal electrical drivetrains.
Yamaha’s numerous divisions are extremely segregated although (the corporate’s guitar or golf membership designers don’t seem to have a lot overlap with their electrical car engineers, for instance), and thus Yamaha’s spectacular progress on electrical bicycles hasn’t appeared to bleed over into electrical motorbikes and scooters… but.
by way of: Bennetts
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