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Yamaha releases the EC-03, a 50cc License Class Zero-Emission Electric bike
Unveiled at 2009 Tokyo Motor Show as a concept, the EC-03 from Yamaha is now a reality. Our little Electric bike model features a new high energy density 50V lithium-ion battery manufactured by SANYO Electric and can achieves a running distance per charge of 43km at 30km/h on a flat road.
Our EC-03 is based on the Super Slim power Unit (Yamaha Integrated Power Unit – YIPU) from Yamaha that not only provide from 10 to 15% more torque on low-speed but make sure to offer an optimal usage of the power at hand.
Leaders in a variety of fields are working to solve environmental problems and improve economic efficiency for the society of tomorrow by clustering or dispersing urban activity into a new structure, in which vehicles are used more selectively than they are now – e.g. automobiles for long-distance traveling while motorcycles for short-distance traveling. Small motorcycles offer excellent mobility for easy short-distance transportation, ideal for the transportation needs of the new society. They will provide still greater convenience and ease of use when they are powered by electricity.
In 2002, Yamaha Motor became the first manufacturer to market a production-model electric commuter, the Passol, as a minimal commuter designed to play a role in next-generation urban transportation. Then in 2005, Yamaha Motor released the Passol-L and the EC-02 with further improvements in the motor and higher energy density batteries that combined to increase running distance per charge. Due to exclusive technologies, such as the electronic control technology garnered from Yamaha Motor’s PAS electrically power assisted bicycle development, these models offer a level of quietness and smoothness to the ride that only an electric vehicle can provide. As a result, they have been put to use in a growing range of areas besides short-range urban commuting, including use as rental vehicles in tourist areas and fleet vehicles in resorts.
The new EC-03 has been developed as a “personal commuter” vehicle that is expected to find even more diverse uses in the future. For Yamaha Motor, this model is a manifestation of our efforts to develop new forms of “Smart Power” as defined in our current medium term management plan.