Yamaha EV hits 100 mile range

Posted by Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling

Yamaha, besides showcasing at the recent Tokyo Motor Show five electric, two-wheeled vehicles described as reference/prototype models, also unveiled it is working with noted car designer Gordon Murray on an ultra compact electric vehicle concept known as MOTIV.e.

MOTIV.e, according to Gordon Murray, is designed from a process making use of the Gordon Murray iStream manufacturing system, which we’ve seen at use in other small electric cars. It is, in a nutshell, described as incorporating “Formula One composite technology to offer “levels of lightweight, safety, vehicle dynamics and manufacturing flexibility alongside low environmental impact.”

image via Gordon Murray Design

image via Gordon Murray Design

This vehicle’s design is centered around “a steel frame incorporating bonded composite monocoque panels to produce a lightweight, rigid safety cell.” It makes use of all independent suspension and low unsprung weight, and incorporates an all new electric powertrain mating a 15 kW electric motor and 7.2 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Specifications of the MOTIV.e include a top speed of 65 miles per hour and a self-described “real world” electric driving range of 100 miles, making the electric car a useful choice for urban commuters. Its battery can be recharged in around three hours from a “domestic socket,” while a quick charge would do the trick in about an hour.

Weighing around 1,609 pounds, including the battery, the car seats two people and offers a single speed transmission. It is said to represent “a new starting point for urban mobility vehicles and sets new standards in the ultra compact 4 wheeler segment.” No word on possible availability or pricing was mentioned.

* Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling