Japan-based Yamaha Motor Co. is set to launch an electric scooter for India. The motor and battery of this electric scooter will be developed keeping Indian climatic conditions in mind.
Developed as a joint effort between Yamaha India and Yamaha Japan, the scooter will be made in India using components sourced from local vendors.
According to a report by auto news websites, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is planning to enter the Indian EV market with its NEO’S electric scooter range.
In March this year, Yamaha has already launched 2.5 kW class NEO’S electric scooter, in Europe, which is of removable battery design. The price tag of same is €3,099 in Europe equivalent to INR 2,58,000. However, the price may vary if the e-scooter is launched in India, with components sourced from local vendors.
Quoting Yamaha’s chairman Eishnin Chihana, the media reports said that NEO’s is one of the shortlisted EVs, however when Yamaha showcased the E01 and European NEO’S electric scooters at a dealer conference in India to gauge their reaction, the dealers didn’t go with the idea based on the international model specifications, which are quite low.
Nevertheless, NEO’s is one of the front running designs that Yamaha plans to adapt for its Indian electric scooter. It is expected to feature a more powerful motor and better range than the European-spec Neo’s 37km.
Interestingly, in one of the features of NEO’s is its Yamaha’s Jin-Ki Kanno EV Design concept-based styling that places the MOTOROiD concept model at the top of the pyramid.
MOTOROiD is a proof-of-concept experimental electric motorcycle from Yamaha employing Artificial Intelligence. It was exhibited at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show and aimed at new forms of personal mobility in which the rider resonates harmoniously with the machine.
However, it will take at least two to three years from now, before the production of this made in India e-scooter scooter starts to run on Indian roads.