Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha has joined hands with Taiwanese electric motorcycle brand Gogoro. The team has unveiled an electric scooter which they have been developing together. The new electric scooter has been christened EC-05 and it will be produced for the Taiwanese market. The e-scooter will be designed and styled by Yamaha and the engineering and manufacturing part will be taken care off by Gogoro.
The e-scooter has been developed particularly for the Taiwanese market, because it already has more than 1,000 battery exchange and charging stations, which will be favourable with the sales point of view, considering the range anxiety, among new and existing customers.
Technical data on the Yamaha EC-05 electric scooter is scarce at the moment, but it is speculated that the EC-05 can do a top speed of about 100 kmph along with a range of about 100 km on a single charge. The e-scooter is likely to come with a dual battery setup included with the e-scooter. One of the two, 2170 lithium-ion batteries employed on the scooter is rented and can be exchanged at their recharging stations, the other remains on the e-scooter, but is removable and can be charged at home.
Looking at the teaser video we can contemplate that the EC-05 will feature a neo-retro design language with a front apron mounted LED projector headlight, twin ‘C’-shaped LED daytime running lights, apron mounted turn signal indicators, LED wraparound taillights, keyless entry with a theft alarm, ergonomically designed seats, a fully digital instruments console, flush mounted pillion footrest, a pillion grab rail, a small flyscreen and more.
In terms of mechanics and hardware, the EC-05 is expected to get an underbone chassis design, large alloy wheels shod in tubeless tyres, telescopic front forks, hydraulic spring loaded rear suspension, disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, etc.
The EC-05 is expected to be launched in August in Taiwan, but as of now, there is no news if the e-scooter will reach other international markets. Gogoro has already introduced its moto-sharing schemes in European countries but the brand will have to invest in the battery charging infrastructure before venturing in the International markets.