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The Yamaha E01 electric scooter has been spied testing for the first time in Japan

Yamaha hopes to release its first all-electric two-wheeler this year.

Yamaha E01 test mule

Yamaha has long been investing resources into electrification and alternative fuel initiatives. The Japanese company has committed itself to a greener tomorrow, and has set some lofty goals for itself, such as achieving 100-percent carbon-neutrality by 2050. It would appear that Yamaha is off to a good start. The Yamaha E01 electric scooter concept first came to light in the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and has since made reappearances in various motorcycle expos. At last, it seems that Yamaha's first all-electric production two-wheeler is about to enter the market, as it was spied testing for the first time in Japan. 

Various sources suggest that Yamaha Motor Japan recently held a media test ride to showcase the new scooter. It's clear to see based on the spy photos, that the E01 could very well be a future successor to the extremely popular NMAX, Yamaha's best-selling premium scooter in the Philippines, and a popular commuter in other parts of Asia and Europe, as well. Despite being covered in a camouflage wrap, we can still manage to make out a few design elements of the E01. For starters, it's clear that its front fascia draws inspiration from the YZF-R1 supersport bike, with an under-slung pair of headlights, and a menacing appearance. 

Yamaha E01 Electric Scooter
Yamaha E01 Electric Scooter

Apart from the front end, the Yamaha E01 seems to sport similar dimensions as that of the NMAX. It gets a two-up saddle complete with integrated grab handles. At this point, however, it isn't certain if the E01 will feature a cargo compartment as generous as that of the NMAX, as chances as that the battery pack will occupy the space underneath the seat. The Yamaha E01 also gets a rather rudimentary insturment console, with a battery status bar prominently displayed in the center, and the speedometer reading in an old-fashion style LCD layout. That said, given the fact that this bike is just a test mule, chances are Yamaha will be changing a few things here and there.

As for performance, we'll have to wait and see just what Yamaha has in store for us with the E01. However, it's widely speculated that the E01 will feature around 70 to 80 kilometers of autonomy on a single charge. Incidentally, Yamaha had recently joined forces with other manufacturers in initiatives geared towards swappable battery technology. It remains to be seen if the E01 will feature an early prototype of this supposedly universal swappable battery system. 

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