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MotorcyclesYamaha patent drawings hint at its future electric motorcycle plans

00:20  26 april  2019
00:20  26 april  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Cycleworld recently unearthed some Yamaha electric motorcycle charging patent documents and published them in an article on Tuesday. The patent drawings show a few takes on potential charging locations on two different styles of motorcycles . The first places the charging port on top of

Yamaha has previewed its own electric -bike project in the form of the PED1 and PES1 concepts back in 2013, followed by the PED2 and PES2 in 2015. In 2016, the firm’s annual report revealed that production electric bikes based on the PED2 and PES2 were planned . We’re still waiting, but there’s

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While electric cars are becoming fairly commonplace, with most major manufacturers offering at least one model for sale to the public, electric motorcycles are still a bit of a niche product. Really, the only major manufacturer to offer a production electric bike is Harley-Davidson (though the LiveWire won't hit dealers for a few months), but that might be changing.

Cycleworld recently unearthed some Yamaha electric motorcycle charging patent documents and published them in an article on Tuesday. These are significant because if one of the big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha) is getting serious about electric bikes, then all of them probably are.

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The patent drawings show a few takes on potential charging locations on two different styles of motorcycles. The first places the charging port on top of the "fuel tank" in the same place you'd expect to find a fuel filler cap on a conventional motorcycle. Another one, shown on a bike that strongly resembles Yamaha's MT-07, puts the charge port under the pillion (aka rear passenger) seat. Others place the port in the front of the bike, near the headlight.

While these drawings aren't exactly groundbreaking on their own, taken in context, they paint a different picture. The Japanese Big Four recently began working together to decide on battery and charging standards for electric motorcycles, according to a report published in April by ElectricMotorcycles.news.

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Yamaha had its first electric pedal-assist bicycle in 1989 and on sale in Japan in 1993, 25 years ago. While bikers who yearn for the kando of a Yamaha electric motorcycle are still waiting, this is a company with a long-running commitment to leading electrification in the two-wheel and other spaces.

Yamaha is working towards harnessing electric power for its new range of two-wheel-drive motorcycles . The company has filed patents for a The patent drawings show the prototype being powered by a hub-mounted motor . The motorcycle ’s power cable routing hints that the battery

Of course, patent documents aren't always a great indicator that something will actually make it to production, but given the high price point of current electric motorcycles -- we're looking at you, Harley-Davidson -- seeing the Japanese manufacturers come into the segment and democratize it like they did with internal combustion motorcycles in the 1960s and 70s would be very exciting.

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Looks like there could be a new 3-wheel addition to the lineup. In the realm of three-wheel motorcycles and scooters, the number of contenders can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The Piaggio MP3, Peugeot Metropolis, and Yamaha Tricity are the best-known three-wheelers in the step-through category while for motorcycles, the Yamaha Niken is the only proud representative. Now that Yamaha has mastered the art of the leaning two-wheel set up, it looks like it’s ready to expand its selection of three-wheelers with a new scooter.

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