The Yamaha EC-f and EC-fs models drew the biggest crowds at the Yamaha booth at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Yamaha is pitching the two designs as electric commuters.
Motorcycle manufacturers can always be counted on to pull the covers off some unique rides at the Tokyo Motor Show. And although the OEM support at the 2009 show reflects the overall downturn of the market, Yamaha has delivered with a handful of interesting alternative fuel concepts.
EC-f & EC-fs
The most interesting looking are the EC-f and EC-fs “electric commuter vehicles.” And our man on the scene, MCUSA Editorial Director Ken Hutchison, confirms the EC-f designs generated the bigger crowds at the Yamaha booth during the show’s media day. Yamaha doesn’t reveal much on the unique rides except that they are electric powered and the styling is “futuristic.” Actually the EC-f blurb on Yamaha’s global site explains the styling in greater detail:
“Because it doesn’t need exhaust parts, there is much greater freedom of design. This avant-garde concept model is based on that concept and features a bold design and sculptural design. Its organic and dynamic form makes it look like modern pop art. Cool, no?”
Maybe so. Touting the quietness inherent in an electric design, as well as the “simplicity of operation that only an electric vehicle can provide,” the Japanese marque pitches both designs as potential commuters. And in case you’re wondering, the fs model is the one with the x-box green highlights which “accentuates stylishness.”
All told it is one of the more interesting takes on the electric scooter concept. From the look of things, it appears the two scoots would be driven by hub-mounted motors.
Probably a more realistic version of what riders might see in production at some point is Yamaha’s EC-03 scooter. Yamaha dubs the EC-03 “Light, Smart, Clean and Silent” and bills it as a 21st century commuter. Sourcing an
Yamaha’s EC-3, an all-electric scooter claiming 50cc of performance. Less flashy than the EC-f models, but probably more realistic as a production model.
aluminum frame, the EC-03 is powered by an electric motor with an output “equivalent to 50cc” – the EC-03 gets its juice from lithium-ion batteries. Recharging comes via an onboard plug, which connects into a home outlet.
Other green designs mentioned are the PAS electric bicycles, as well as an HV-X hybrid motorcycle. Stay tuned for further details.
Check out more on the EC-f & EC-fs, including a demo video, and other Yamaha Tokyo concepts on the Yamaha Tokyo Motor Show site.