Yamaha to produce PES1 electric sports bike and PED1 dirt bike

At last, a tempting-looking electric concept from Japan will make it to production

Posted: 22 April 2014
by Visordown News

The PES1
And the PED1

FOR years, Japanese manufacturers have been teasing us with tempting-looking electric bike concepts on the premise such machines are just around the corner.

And now it seems they are.

Yamaha’s PES1 electric sports bike, along with its off-road sibling the PED1, will be in production by 2016, the firm has confirmed in an annual report.

Both machines were revealed as concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. The naked sports PES1 is claimed to weigh under 100kg, while PED1 is lighter still, at less than 85kg.

Both use the same central chassis and brushless DC motor with a lithium-ion battery.

According to Yamaha's report, the new models will meet the expectations of existing motorcyclists while offering the advantages of electric power.

The newly published reports says: ‘In sports motorcycles, we are working to create new value with EV sports motorcycles, which we aim to launch in two years, with the development of the small, on-road sports PES1, as well as the PED1, which are being developed to expand the scope of electric vehicles to the off-road world. In addition to the advantages of being electrically powered, these motorcycles will offer the operability expected by existing motorcycle fans, together with a new riding experience.’

The respective model names stand for ‘Passion, Electric, Street’ and ‘Passion, Electric, Dirt’. 

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A silent, fumeless off-road bike for stealth raids into the rambler infested countryside? How irresponsible.
I'm in.

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:19

First: please change the name, because POS will likely be the quick nickname, followed by "Piece of Electic Sh-te"
Second, what's up with the dirtbike? Yamaha can't even complete a computer render with a seat? The seat modeller was sick that day?
Thirdly, make them look like motorcycles, not Apple Products or kitchen appliances.
Silent hooliganism is definitely a possibility with electric bikes, but I suspect these models are 125 equivalents.

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:14

The PES looks nice - I'd have one if the price was right.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 12:49

The Dirt Bike (with a seat) with the Road Bikes wheels please...

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:41

Lithium Ion batteries are nice and light... I presume they’ve sorted the issue of them blowing up when damaged? I’d be interested in having a closer look at a street version of the trials version, it weighs about the same as me so no doubt a proper hooligan bike!

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:41

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