The world around us is changing faster than the blink of an eye. While the development of the internal combustion engine has resulted in some of the most high-performance, fuel-efficient engines the world has ever seen, it would appear that another paradigm shift is on its way, and it could certainly spell the death of the internal combustion engine.
That’s right, the dawn of electrification is well and truly upon us, and nearly all motorcycle manufacturers have pledged to dedicate a lot of time and resources towards fleshing our new innovations in the EV sphere. Yamaha, for instance, has pledged to achieve full carbon neutrality by the year 2050. This means cutting down on emissions not just on its business side, but as well as in the products it sells to its consumers.
It’s interesting to note that Yamaha’s goal towards carbon-neutrality not only changes the products the company develops, but also the ways in which they manufacture them. With multiple sources of renewable energy already accessible, the next step will definitely come in the form of major changes to Yamaha’s model lineup. Like it or not, the days of Yamaha’s gasoline-powered performance machines may be numbered.
Team Blue has committed to invest more time and resources into its battery-electric vehicle (BEV) initiatives. This includes projects such as swappable battery technology, as well as the innovation and development of more sophisticated and performance-oriented electric powertrains. As such, we can expect to see more and more lightweight electric scooters and lightweight motorcycles from Yamaha in coming years.
More concretely, Yamaha states that it expects that by 2050, 90 percent of its model lineup will consist of electric motorcycles and scooters. The remaining ten percent will likely consist of vehicles running on carbon-neutral fuels, likely to act as a stepping stone towards the transition from ICE to electric power. The very sad reality of it all is that, over the next three decades, Yamaha will be taking steps towards phasing out the production of gasoline-powered motorcycles.