Yamaha considering electric two wheelers for India

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Japanese 2-wheeler builder Yamaha is assessing electric two-wheelers for the Indian market. This was revealed by a top executive of the company. Currently, Yamaha retails a range of motorcycles and scooters in India, and now, the company is looking to invest in power units and batteries for electric vehicles (EV). With ever tightening emission norms, it’s no secret that automobile manufacturers across the world are investing heavily to develop an all-new lineup of electric vehicles (EVs). If recent reports are to be believed, Yamaha could be the latest auto major to throw its hat in the ring. According to a top company executive, Yamaha evaluating the possibility of launching electric two-wheelers in India. In a recent interview, Yasuo Ishihara, managing director of research and development, Yamaha Motors, said, “We are at present conducting a feasibility study in this area (electric two-wheelers). Yamaha has an edge in this segment as we already have such products in other countries. Moving such products to India won’t be so difficult.”

Yamaha is also conducting a study to evaluate if the electric vehicles could completely replace the currently sold internal combustion engine models in the country. Yamaha Motor Research and Development India MD, Yasuo Ishihara said, “We are at present conducting a feasibility study in this area (electric two-wheelers).” The Japanese giant has embarked on a study to find out if EVs can completely replace motorcycles and scooters equipped with internal combustion engines. “We have already started our feasibility study in order to achieve the target set by the government of India,” said Ishihara. However, he believes that EVs cannot completely replace internal combustion engines in the current scenario. Hence, the company will continue to work on “highly efficient engines in order to cater to the demands on Indian customers,” Ishihara added. When asked if the company plans on investing in the electric vehicle segment, Ishira said, “Investment shall mainly be for power units and batteries. Infrastructure development in association with some partners may be another area where we would look forward to creating our investments.”