Yamaha Motor Research & Development India (YMRI), in conjunction with Yamaha Motor Corporation (YMC), Japan has commenced development of an all-new electric vehicle platform for India and other markets around the world, confirmed, Managing Director, YMRI.
About 100 engineers from Yamaha’s teams located in Japan, India and also other countries are contributing to the this project. Importantly, Yamaha’s global R&D teams are also understood to have identified approximately a dozen global component suppliers who will contribute to the platform’s development.
Only a few months ago, YMRI had confirmed conducting a feasibility study to learn about consumer requirements, usage pattern and also Indian climatic conditions critical to developing electric two-wheelers for the local market. Yamaha has experience in both, manufacturing and retailing electric vehicles in countries such as Japan, Taiwan and others. The company has recently forayed into the power-assist electric bicycle category and it currently retails them in several global markets including, prominently, the USA.
Interestingly, Yamaha appears to be working on a product plan similar to that of Suzuki Motorcycle India’s, which is planning to launch its first-gen electric scooter by 2020-21. The first of Yamaha’s indigenously developed electric products will follow close on its heels, by 2021-22, in the local market. Yamaha will use this platform to built motorcycles or scooters remains to be seen, although it is understood that most major two-wheeler OEMs will be keen on penetrating the electric vehicle space once the BS-VI emission norms come into effect, in 2020.
Article Source : AutoCar India