Yamaha has announced that the PES1 and PED1 presented at the Tokyo Motor Show last November will reach production in 2016.
The PES1 (Passion, Electric, Street) and PED1 (Passion, Electric, Dirt) share the same motor, a removable lithium battery and frame. The transmission features automatic and manual modes. Both models are ultra-light, with the PES1 weighing less than 220lbs (100kg) and the PED1 les that 187lbs (85kg).
Little else is known about these electric bikes, but it confirms that the Japanese manufacturers are slowly getting ready for the electric era. On the European side, we are still waiting to hear when KTM will start the production of the Freeride E, a concept introduced three years ago and very similar to the PED1. It looks like BRD, whenever it enters the market, will have some competition…