With ever-tightening emission restrictions around the world, a lot of manufacturers have turned to developing electric motors. After all, they produce zero emissions, leaving them little to worry about. Now more than ever, the shift of traditional brands to electric motorcycle offerings for the future seems inevitable.
Yamaha for example is currently developing an electric motor that could have a wide range of applications. That includes powering some of Yamaha's wide range of products from cars, to boats, generators, industrial vehicles, and even motorcycles.
Takashi Hara, one of Yamaha’s engineers, shares that Yamaha is currently working two electric motors: one with an output of 35 kW (47.5 Ps) and one with an output of 150 kW (204 Ps) motor. “The 35 kW unit was developed for all small mobility applications, including motorcycles. The 150 kW unit is for electric car applications.”
Hara also shared that using Yamaha’s advanced casting technology, they were able to make the new electric motors as compact and light as possible. The engineers have also put emphasis on the sound the electric motor makes, giving it some character.
“To express their presence as powertrains, we communicate our values using cars. For example, we include elements of Kanno Seino (exhilarating performance) like fine-tuning the sound produced. This is how we express fun and emotion for our products for cars.”
Yamaha should know a thing or two about tuning automotive exhaust notes. Yamaha engines powered some of the most iconic cars like the Toyota 2000GT and the Lexus LFA. With Yamaha's tuning, it hopefully won't be an annoying electrical whine. Watch the video and it's already beginning to sound like a space ship.
We're hoping Yamaha is also considering putting in that 150 kW motor into a motorcycle. It would make for a very powerful sports bike. 204 Ps is par for the course for most sports bikes these dats.
Could you imagine a Yamaha R1 powered by this electric motor?