Yamaha is launching its new E-Vino electric motorcycle in Japan
We first heard rumors of a Yamaha E-Vino in 2018, but your favorite OEM in Iwata has been pretty quiet on the ev front until now. Fast forward to October 14, 2020, when EV(cleverly abbreviated, Team Blue) officially debuted in Japan.
Without the battery, the new E-Vino weighs just 68 kilograms (about 150 pounds).With a 50V lithium-ion battery, that adds just 6kg (or a little more than 13lb). It's cute and light, which may appeal to new riders who have never ridden a scooter (or an electric bike).
Obviously, this is a small city vehicle, as the range on a full charge is only 29km (or 18 miles).This range can be extended to 58km (36 miles) using an optional spare battery.With a standard Japanese wall outlet, it takes about three hours to recharge.If you're commuting between work/school and home, that seems reasonable, as you'll probably spend more than three hours recharging in all of these places.
The LCD display is clear and beautiful. How many other pedal cars will let you know that you are out of power due to a turtle light? While that may not be the scooter's selling point, there's no denying that it's a total bonus to buy. You can also use standard mode and power mode, as well as a Boost feature that boosts power up to 30 seconds to help you cope with hills.However, it is not clear what effect Boost will have on battery life.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price is 259,600 yen, or about $2,505.Currently, the Japanese government also offers electric car subsidies that save owners about $250 if certain conditions are met.To qualify, the vehicle must be for personal use only, must have been the person's first electric bike purchased, and must have been on the person's property for at least three years.
Normally, this is the part I'll tell you about. It's only available in Japan, and we don't know when or if it will be released elsewhere.I'll also tell you here that we can easily see it launched in other places where e-bikes are becoming more popular, such as Taiwan. Maybe there are some other Asian countries, but we can't say for sure, wait a minute.
However, thanks to the EPO application, submitted in 2018 and published on 4 November 2020, there is reason to suspect that E-Vino may eventually make it to Europe.Obviously, such an application is no guarantee that this will happen, but at least it tells us that Yamaha has seriously considered this issue to keep its options open.
We also know that Yamaha is currently testing its replaceable battery technology, developed with Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki, which will be released in September 2020. Given the timing of the E-Vino's release, it obviously doesn't have this new technology - but there's no reason to think it might not be in future redesigns and future electric two-wheelers.