There’s “Good News and Bad News” from Yamaha. The good news is that it’s just released two new models. The bad news is that one of them won’t be available till next summer. At least I got to ride both of them briefly this week — just enough for a taste. READ ON
TOKYO • Japan’s Yamaha Motor has unveiled a zero-emissions electric motor scooter for city use that it says can travel five times farther than a gasoline model for the same cost.
The EC-03 can travel 43 kilometres on a single six-hour charge from a household power outlet, which costs about 18 yen (less than one cent) in Japan, far less than the cost of powering a conventional 50-cubic-centimetre scooter, it says.
Yamaha will launch the e-moped in September in Tokyo, and a month later across Japan, at an expected retail price of 252,000 yen ($2,930).
CYPRESS, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S. is pleased to announce a unique collaboration between Silver Star Casting Company, Custom Builder Nick Anglada, and World Renowned Tattoo Artist Franco Vescovi. With a Yamaha YZF R6 as their canvas, the team has created a Southern California Rat Rods and Low Rider inspired motorcycle to pay tribute to Silver Star Casting Company.
This one-of-a-kind piece of art was unveiled with great fanfare at the Yamaha display during the Chicago International Motorcycle Show. Immediately following the unveiling, MMA Professional Fighter Clay Guida (The Carpenter) signed autographs for the many fans in attendance.
"Silver Star is a lifestyle brand and one of the top MMA brands--showcasing at the International Motorcycle Show gave us a platform to display our full range of capabilities", says Silver Star founder and CEO, Luke Burrett. "The custom Silver Star Yamaha is the perfect representation of Silver Star's signature edge and "Built For Champions" ideology, and is a testament to the brand's strength in the market."
Silver Star Casting Company is an "in demand" lifestyle clothing brand with an innovative style. Based in the apparel hub of Southern California, Silver Star delivers trend setting merchandise to retailers nationwide.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work together with a brand as distinctive and progressive as Silver Star", said Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha Motorsports Group. "We believe this unique R6 that Nick Anglada and Franco Vescovi have created for them will be just the tip of the iceberg of our new partnership."
Please stop by to see this unique motorcycle on display at the Silver Star booth inside the Ocean Center during Daytona Bike Week.
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Back in the fall of 2009, Yamaha debuted a hybrid motorcycle, the HV-X, with production planned in the coming year. Now, Yamaha is moving into the battery electric vehicle space by introducing a scooter into Asian markets.
Prototypes of the EC-03 were revealed last year, but in the press release linked below, Yamaha confirms that these scooters will make their debut in Japan this summer. In the next year or two, they will also be offered in Taiwan, due to a program offered by the Taiwanese government to help popularize electric scooters, and in Europe, where progress is being made in preparing a charging infrastructure for electric cars that could also be used by scooters. To read the rest of hte article:http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1041923_yamaha-motor-plans-to-introduce-electric-scooters-overseas