Yamaha Reveals PES1 and PED1 Electric Prototypes

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Yamaha is bringing two new electric motorcycle prototypes to the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show: the PES1 streetbike and the PED1 dirt bike. The nomenclature is a combination of the initials for Passion, Electric and Street for the street version and Dirt for the off-road model.

Both prototypes are equipped with DC brushless electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries. The power unit, dubbed the “Yamaha Smart Power Module”, for both models is mounted in a monocoque frame. One innovative feature is a new transmission system that can be switched between manual and automatic modes.

110813-yamaha-ped1-prototypeAccording to Yamaha, the PES1 weighs in at under 220 pounds while the PED1 weighs less than 187 pounds.

Here’s what Yamaha has to say about the PES1 and PED1:


In addition to the characteristics unique to an electric motor, the Passion within the new riding experience these two EV (electric vehicle) motorcycle concept models offer is clear-cut, and they retain the same operational feeling that current motorcycle riders are used to. The Street sport “PES1″ and Dirt sport “PED1″ have a power unit (Yamaha Smart Power Module) with a monocoque structure that also functions as the frame. Supplementing the environmental performance inherent to an EV, both models are equipped with features like a transmission with manual and automatic modes, a removable battery for easy replacement and various types of smartphone information service functions.

[PES1] Length×Width×Height = 1,918 mm×640 mm×1,000 mm
Motor type = DC brushless motor
Battery type = Lithium-ion
Transmission = Switchable between manual and automatic
Vehicle weight = under 100 kg

[PED1] Length×Width×Height = 1,900 mm×758 mm×1,205 mm
Motor type = DC brushless motor
Battery type = Lithium-ion
Transmission = Switchable between manual and automatic
Vehicle weight = under 85 kg


[Source: Yamaha]

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