It’s already available in multiple markets through a leasing program.

Electric motorcycles are popular all over the world. This is especially true for commuter scooters where practicality and comfort are paramount. In recent years, many electric vehicles of this kind have entered the market, including new electric scooters from both start-ups and established manufacturers.

Speaking of new electric scooters, in October 2019 Yamaha unveiled the E01 electric scooter concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now, years later, the scooter is already available in Asian markets, with Yamaha running testing and leasing programs in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. It looks like electric scooters will be the next to enter the European market, and it’s clear why, as many countries in the European Union are pushing to accelerate the introduction of electric mobility.

The Yamaha E01 is of particular interest as it takes the proven scooter platform and is a future-proof platform with state-of-the-art electric drive. The E01 does not use a rear hub mounted motor like other cheaper scooters. Instead, the E01’s electric motor is mounted directly in front of the swingarm like an ICE scooter, giving the two-wheeler more balance. In terms of power, it’s similar to a 125cc petrol bike, but perhaps with more punch. FYI: The electric motor has a nominal power output of 8.1 kilowatts, or about 11 horsepower.

As for the battery, the 21 lb-ft electric motor draws power from a 56.3 amp-hour, 87.6 volt battery pack. Yamaha says the actual range is about 105 miles and the scooter has a top speed of 102 miles per hour. It’s worth noting that the advertised range is achievable at an average speed of under 45 mph. Additionally, Yamaha has introduced a fast-charging system that can charge the scooter in just an hour. It takes about 5 hours to fully charge the scooter from a typical household outlet if normal charging is required.

Last but not least, a scooter isn’t a scooter if it isn’t practical. The Yamaha E01 is packed with amenities, including a large underseat storage compartment with 23 liters of storage space. It’s large enough to fit a full-face helmet, so you can securely store your daily necessities.

At this time there is no exact price or release date for the Yamaha E01 in the European market. However, the scooter can already be seen on French roads and is being tested as part of a leasing programme. Perhaps in 2024, it is likely that the scooter will also be distributed in this way in other European countries. Of course, there is no doubt that such motorcycles, especially those from well-known manufacturers like Yamaha, will shake the market. Stay tuned as we learn more about the E01 and other electrification initiatives from the established manufacturer.