Yamaha‘s North American sales were up over the first nine months of 2012, representing the lone bright spot in the company’s third quarter report. North American consumers purchased 51,000 Yamaha motorcycles (including scooters and ATVs), for a 13.3% increase from the 45,000 units sold in the opening nine months of 2011. North American sales translated […]
New Photos and Video of Yamaha PES1 Electric Concept
Yamaha has released additional images and a video of its new PES1 electric motorcycle for the concept’s debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The new photographs, shot at Yamaha’s display at the Tokyo show, show more details about the PES1 concept, which Yamaha first announced earlier this month.
The PES1 shares the same electric DC brushless motor, lithium-ion battery and monocoque frame as the PED1 concept which also took its bow in Tokyo. The PES1 is equipped with a switchable transmission, allowing a choice of automatic or manual shifting.
The video shows more details including the rider ergonomics and the use of a cell phone as a digital display indicating speed, battery level and transmission settings.
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Yamaha claims a weight of less than 220 pounds, thanks in good part to the use of lightweight carbon fiber and hollow spaces in both the seat and where a conventional fuel tank hump would be found.
The PES1 remains very much a concept at this point, so we’ll have to wait to see if Yamaha will turn these ideas into a production model.