Yamaha has revealed the prototype models of its new electric scooters Neo and E01 for the international market. Both the scooters of the company are currently in the development stage and their final model will be introduced soon. According to the information, both these scooters are going to be the company’s first electric scooter.
Talking about the Yamaha Neo, it is the company’s first battery-powered electric scooter. Yamaha is already selling 50cc scooter under this name in the international market. It is based on the E02 concept that was showcased by the brand at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Yamaha is already selling the 50cc petrol-powered Neo scooter in select international markets.
The biggest highlight of this upcoming e-scooter is that it offers battery swapping technology. It is powered by a swappable lithium-ion battery pack that powers a hub-mounted electric motor that is expected to have a rating of around 2kW. Although the official details have not been disclosed yet, the Neo electric scooter will be introduced as a low-speed electric scooter.
Yamaha E01 Electric
The second electric scooter offered by Yamaha is the E01, which is expected to be in near production status. It is a more powerful scooter which is at par with the 125cc petrol scooter. It is based on the E01 concept which was also showcased at the same event as the E02 concept. Some Japanese media outlets have already revealed the features of this scooter.
As per the information, the E01 comes with three ride modes including Eco, Normal and Power. It gets a fully digital instrument console that shares important information like battery status, speed etc. Features like keyless ignition and Bluetooth connectivity can also be given in this scooter. The E01 e-scooter can be launched as a ride-sharing vehicle in cities in Europe.
Yamaha can test its real condition before launching this scooter. Since it makes its debut in Europe, its power is likely to be capped at 11kW (15 bhp) as per the light electric scooter regulatory class. The company may also consider bringing the E01 to the Indian market as the company has recently filed its trademark.
Let us tell you that Yamaha has launched the shared mobility platform MBSI in India. Yamaha Motor said in a statement that the company aims to increase the use of vehicles on the shared/rental platform and generate employment opportunities.
Yamaha Motor said MBSI will procure new and used vehicles and deploy them on rental on a revenue sharing model and explore opportunities to work with the last-mile delivery platform. It will specifically partner with companies looking to deploy two-, three- or four-wheeled electric vehicles.