Yamaha Motor's new President speaks of electric future

Are electric Yamahas on the horizon?

Yamaha Motor's new President speaks of electric future

YAMAHA Motor’s recently appointed president, Yoshihiro Hidaka, has alluded to a future of electric motorcycles.

According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, Hidaka, who took over as president on Monday, said that Yamaha plans to add more powerful electric models to its line-up, including equivalents to the Japanese manufacturer’s 125cc scooters, with rated outputs of between 0.6 kW and 1 kW.

Currently, Yamaha only makes electric versions of its smallest scooters, including the 0.58kW EC-03, which reportedly takes 7 hours to charge and has a real-life range of just 14 miles.

Hidaka told the publication that teams responsible for developing motors and engines will become a single powertrain unit this month, enabling ‘resources to be distributed flexibly between electric and engine-driven models’.

He also plans to reorganise various operations related to automation technologies (e.g. industrial robots and agricultural helicopters) into a robotics department, in order to "expand businesses worth around 100 billion yen (£658 million) by a factor of four or five."

Prior to taking on the presidency, Hidaka had served as Executive General Manager of Corporate Planning & Finance Center, Senior Executive Officer and Director at Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. since March 2017.