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Yamaha's first electric bikes set for release "in the near future"

Yamaha has announced a revision to a key line in its annual report from 2013, flagging that it will launch electric motorcycles "in the near future" instead of "in the next two years." It's the clearest sign yet that a major manufacturer is ready to jump in to the electric motorcycle market, which is developing at an absolutely crazy rate as battery technology makes power packs smaller, cheaper and higher in capacity. So let's take a closer look at the two electric concepts Yamaha has shown to date – the PES-1 naked sportsbike and the PED-1 motocrosser – to see what the company might bring to the table. Read More
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Honda's 750cc NM4 Vultus: A new species of motorcycle

Honda, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, has announced a new motorcycle – the 750 cc NM4 Vultus – and it's a bold departure from tradition with anime/manga styling, a "fighter pilot" feet-forward riding position, an ultra-low seat and advanced electronic rider assistance to make it easier to ride. This is a motorcycle aimed at the next generation of motorcycle enthusiast raised on video games and a different visual vocabulary. If you are a traditionalist, you'll probably hate it. Read More
— Urban Transport

Toyota i-Road EVs trialled for last-mile car-sharing

Toyota’s electric i-Road three wheeler is shaping up as the ideal combination of the best attributes of a motorcycle (maneuverability, lightweight, narrow track, small footprint, low energy consumption, fun) and a car (weather-proof, safe, stable, easy to use) and trials have now begun in Japan using the i-Road in Toyota’s Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project. The i-Road trials will be extended to France later this year when Toyota participates in a vehicle-sharing trial in Grenoble. Read More
— Automotive

Yamaha MOTIV.e city car to use ultra-high-speed Zytek electric drive train

More details have emerged on the development of the Yamaha MOTIV.e city car concept which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. The MOTIV.e will be offered with several drivetrains, including an electric version, and EV specialist Zytek will supply a purpose-built ultra-high-speed motor for the project. The 25 kW Zytek motor spins to 15,000 rpm and comes with advanced thermal management and control integration. The unit has been designed to cut cost, weight and size and this appears to have been achieved as the motor weighs just 13 kg, the gearbox just 11 kg and the inverter just 7.5 kg. Read More
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Yamaha joins the three-wheel motorcycle trend with the Tricity

If personal experience is anything to go by, Europeans love their scooters. One seems to zoom past every few seconds where I live, and a good many of those are three-wheelers from the likes of Peugeot and Piaggio. Yamaha is looking to grab a slice of the action with a Leaning Multi-Wheel concept named Tricity. Debuted earlier this month at EICMA in Milan, Italy, the company sees the three-wheel, tilting scooter becoming the standard city commuter when it's released next year. Gizmag caught up with the sporty little number at the Tokyo Motor Show. Read More