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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.

These patent drawings could be a sign that the Big Four are finally ready to blow up the electric motorcycle segment. 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

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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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Yamaha had its first electric pedal-assist bicycle in 1989 and on sale in Japan in 1993, 25 years ago. It ’ s sold over 2 million electric bicycles globally 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

Tesla Motors proved electric cars can be sexy, and Yamaha is out to show electric motorcycles can be, too, with a pair of gorgeous machines it will Buried within Yamaha 's 2013 annual report is a brief mention of the PES1 and PED1 electric motorcycles , "which we aim to launch in the near future ."

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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These patent drawings could be a sign that the Big Four are finally ready to blow up the electric motorcycle segment. What makes this electric two-wheeler so special? More than a couple of things: the so-called Human Interface Technology (which includes a HUD display); a state-of-the-art carbon

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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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