Electric Yamaha bikes coming in 2016

Yamaha PES1

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).

Yamaha PED1

Yamaha PED1

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…

Source: Motorcycle.com



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  1. yuval Brandstetter MD wrote the 08/07/2014

    Light usually means limited range. the 2.8 KwH module from Zero weighs 19 KG which means approx 150 Wh/Kg giving 50 miles at 90 Km/hr. Assuming an uptick, at 200 Wh/kg power-pack assuming half the weight of the PED-1 is batteries then the best it will do is 65 miles per charge. Lots of assumptions but since the average rider is 80-90 Kg a 125 Kg machine with 30 percent greater range of 100 miles is the goal to shoot for.

  2. yuval Brandstetter MD wrote the 08/07/2014

    Inn Zero case, its two such batteries weighing 40 KG which give the 40-50 mile range depending on rding style, rider weight etc.

  3. JP DARWIN, the author of the post, wrote the 09/07/2014

    I tend to agree with you. But it remains to be seen if the consumer versions will still have those same specs…

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