Yamaha set to launch EC-05 electric scooter for launch in Taiwan

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 03 Jul 2019

The EC-05 is Yamaha’s fifth electric two-wheeler, after the Passol in 2002, the EC-02 in 2005, the EC-03 in 2010, and the E-Vino in 2014.

Yamaha Motor Co is to launch the EC-05 electric scooter in Taiwan on August 1 , 2019.

In September 2018, Yamaha began a study with Taiwan-based Gogoro Inc working towards collaboration in the EV business in the Taiwan market. The EC-05 electric scooter has been developed as a result of that collaboration. Yamaha is targeting sales of 20,000 units in the first year of sales.

Designed by Yamaha Motor based on the platform of a Gogoro production vehicle, the EC-05 will be sold under the Yamaha brand through the sales channels of local subsidiary Yamaha Motor Taiwan. The EC-05 will be able to use the more than 1,200 GoStation battery-swapping stations installed in Taiwan by Gogoro Energy Network. Production of the EC-05 will be undertaken by Gogoro.

Yamaha in a statement said, "As part of the long-term vision and medium-term management plan announced at the end of last year, we specified resource and environmental issues as one of the serious social issues which Yamaha Motor can help to address by leveraging our strengths. We aim to reduce CO2 emissions from our products by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2010 levels, and are promoting the manufacture and sale of compact electrically-powered products as one method of addressing this issue. The EC-05 represents the first launch under the electric product strategy in this Medium-Term Management Plan period, with more releases to come."

The EC-05 is the fifth electric motorcycle launched by Yamaha Motor, after the Passol in 2002, the EC-02 in 2005, the EC-03 in 2010, and the E-Vino in 2014.

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