Automotive manufacturers have been moving towards electrification for years and it looks like Yamaha may follow this trend with a pair of electric bikes dubbed PED1 and PES1.
First unveiled in concept form at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the pair was part of a campaign called the E-KIZUNA Project, a movement promoting electric modes of transportation to reduce urban traffic congestion, solve parking issues and reduce pollution.
Not just a pretty face, the PES1 was working electric concept powered by a brushless DC Power module e-mill motor mounted to its modular frame. What’s more, the motor is paired with a gearbox that can be set to either automatic or manual mode.
So far Yamaha has not publically stated their intent to produce electric bikes, but according to Motorcycle-Magazine.com, the company has struck a deal with Saitama City in Japan to promote electric motorcycles.
The agreement includes a network of charging stations, though it isn’t the typical plug and charge most are familiar with. At these charging stations, motorcyclists can swap out a depleted battery with a fully charged on and each station will have a stock of fresh ones on hand while recharging empty ones in preparation for the next swap.
Currently the only electric offering is a scooter named E-Vino. If the sportier PED1 and PES1 proves to be successful, does anyone think Yamaha will try to make electric variations of their existing models like the SCR950?