Yamaha will be unveiling an all-new electric two-wheeler concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese manufacturer promises that it will commence sales of electric two-wheelers by 2016.
Previously, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer showcased an electric concept in 2013. Yamaha showcased a futuristic electric concept called PES1, which was a single wheel powered offering and was way ahead of its time.
The Japanese based manufacturer will be providing two electric motors to power their concept motorcycle. Traditionally, most electric two-wheelers have a single electric motor powering it. Yamaha is trying to make their offering as unique as possible.
Several manufacturers have been exploring options to introduce electric two-wheelers for a while now. Harley-Davidson has also showcased its Livewire motorcycle, which was featured in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
Automobile manufacturers have taken a step forward and are offering several hybrid or fully electric models. Major two-wheeler manufacturers still need to take a step towards a sustainable future.
By 2016, several two-wheeler manufacturers will be introducing electric products. So far, everyone is battling with range issues and designing a product that looks like a traditional bike. Yamaha has decided not to follow this route and make their electric offering a bit of fun to ride, and a futuristic looking product.
Currently in India, Hero MotoCorp is the only major two-wheeler manufacturer to explore electric two-wheelers. The Indian manufacturer offers a broad range of electric scooters that have excellent range and performance.