Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. will launch the EC-05 electric scooter in Taiwan on August 1 , 2019. As we mentioned before, Yamaha has teamed up with Gogoro to produce an e-Scooter with swappable batteries.
The EC-05 is designed by Yamaha, based on the platform of a Gogoro production vehicle. The EC-05 will be sold under the Yamaha brand through its dealer network, that is a local subsidiary Yamaha Motor Taiwan. The EC-05 will be able to use the more than 1,200 GoStation battery-swapping stations installed in Taiwan by Gogoro Energy Network. Production of the EC-05 will be undertaken by Gogoro.
There was no mention of any engine or transmission details, but it appears to be chain drive.
Because it is based on the Gogoro 2 Series e-Scooters, it will have a range of almost 100 kilometers on a fully charged battery and reach a top speed of 100 km/h.
This service can be enjoyed by riders that subscribe to Gogoro's service. They simply deposit their discharged batteries and pick up a new, fully-charged one upon entering their account details.
As part of the Long-Term Vision and Medium-Term Management Plan announced at the end of last year, Yamaha hopes to reduce CO₂ emissions of its products by 50% by 2050 compared to 2010 levels, and are promoting the manufacture and sale of compact, electrically-powered products as one method of addressing this issue.
The EC-05 represents the first launch under the electric product strategy in this Medium-Term Management Plan period, with more releases to come.
The EC-05 is the fifth electric motorcycle launched by Yamaha Motor, after the Passol in 2002, the EC-02 in 2005, the EC-03 in 2010, and the E-Vino in 2014.