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Yamaha Electric Car A 100 Mile Range Offering

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.
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