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New Yamaha electric scooters have been showcased to dealers in India.

E01 and NEO’s electric scooters made their global debut earlier this year in March;  It is expected to be released in India next year

Yamaha Electric Scooters has been showcased to dealers in India

Yamaha Electric Scooters have been showcased to dealers in India.  Picture – Nikam Yamaha

Compared to startups such as Ather, Ola, Okinawa, Ampere, Revolt, etc., mainstream two-wheeler manufacturers such as Yamaha have not yet targeted a large amount of EV space.  There are limitations to such OEMs, as they need to focus on their primary petrol powered bikes.  The good thing is that Yamaha has now made its first foray into the EV journey by showcasing the E01 and NEO electric scooters at the dealership.  Hat tip to Nikam Yamaha and Torque TV for sharing pictures.

Yamaha Electric Scooters For India – E01

The E01 is more likely to perform here because it is comparable to a 125cc petrol scooter.  Yamaha already has a strong presence in this space with popular scooters such as the Fascino and RayZR.  Similar USPs can be created for E01.  In addition, Yamaha has already submitted a trademark for E01.

As can be recalled, the E01 electric scooter concept was showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.  The Maxi style scooter sports a sporty profile with prominent front fascia, dual headlights, compact windscreen and wide, comfortable single piece seat.  The scooter is expected to be offered in both single and dual-tone colour options.

Other notable features of the E01 include a full digital instrument console, Bluetooth connectivity and keyless ignition.  It has three ride modes: Eco, Normal and Power.  The maximum range is expected to be around 70-80 km on full charge with a single battery pack.

Yamaha Electric Scooters For India

  Yamaha Electric Scooters For India.  Picture – Nikam Yamaha

In European markets, the E01 is likely to be equipped with an 11kW (15 bhp) motor.  This is in line with regulatory requirements mandated for light electric scooters.  In Europe, the E01 will debut as part of the Ride Sharing Fleet.

Yamaha Neo Electric Scooter

Based on the concept of the E02 at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Neo’s electric scooter was recently launched in Europe at an initial price of EUR 3,005 (approx Rs 2.52 lakh).  It will go on sale in late May this year.

Yamaha Neo’s electric scooter is equipped with a 50.4V, 19.2Ah lithium-ion battery pack that weighs 8kg.  It powers the brushless DC hub motor, rated to deliver 2.5 kW (3.4PS) of power and 136 Nm of torque in standard mode.  The powertrain is comparable to a 50cc scooter.  It is worth noting that the Neo is already available as a 50cc petrol powered scooter in select markets.

Yamaha Electric Scooters For India

Yamaha Electric Scooters For India

In Eco mode, strength output is constrained to 1.58kW.  With a single battery, the range is about 38.5 km.  It can be extended up to 68 km using a dual battery setup.  Charging time is about eight hours when using a standard AC charger.

Not sure if Neo’s electric scooter will be launched in India.  Charging and battery exchange infrastructure is yet to be developed in the country.  This significantly limits the acceptability of an electric scooter with a shorter range.  Market trends indicate that electric scooters are growing in popularity with a range of about 100+ km.

source Yamaha

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