TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Yamaha Motor Taiwan Co., Ltd. (YMT) is set to launch a new electric scooter for the Taiwan market which has been designed and built in collaboration with Taiwanese e-scooter maker Gogoro Inc..
In a press release issued on Thursday (June 27) Yamaha announced that it will be soon releasing its new EC-O5, which is the fruit of a collaboration with the Japanese company and Gogoro. The EC-05 is set to hit Yamaha dealerships in Taiwan on August 1.
The new e-scooter is "styled by Yamaha Japan," but makes extensive use of Gogoro technology and will be manufactured by the Taiwanese scooter-maker. Like Gogoro's existing fleet of e-scooters, the EC-05 will be powered by the same type of swappable battery packs as Gogoros and that can be exchanged at Gogoro's 1,000-plus battery swapping GoStations across Taiwan.
New Yamaha EC-05. (Photo by Yamaha)
The company said that pre-orders for the EC-05 will be available on July 1, and the new scooter will come in four colors, including Isolate Blue, Black Diamond, Twilight Blue, and Sugar White. On the EC-05, Yamaha has modified Gogoro's original speedometer display to give it a more polygonal appearance and set the location in a more ergonomic location to minimize the rider's need to look away from the road.
Yamaha said that the EC-05 is the "vanguard in a new line of Yamaha EV products coming to market in the near future." The company said that the new product is not only a response to consumer needs but also "represents a great leap for Yamaha stepping into the EV market."
The retail price for the e-scooter is NT$99,800 (US$3,220), but a wide array of government subsidies in different cities in Taiwan can result in a deep discount. For example, those who trade in their old gas-guzzling scooters in Taoyuan, can receive a subsidy of NT$33,000 to receive a discounted price of NT$66,800.
Three different colors of the New Yamaha EC-05. (Photo by Yamaha)
The following are the specifications for the Yamaha EC-05:
Dimensions: 1,880 mm (length) x 670 mm (width) x 1,180 mm (height)
Wheelbase: 1,300 mm
Seat height: 768 mm
Weight: 106 kg
Weight (incl. 2 batteries): 126 kg
Trunk capacity: 25L (optimum capacity is 3/4 for safety reasons)
Drivetrain: Gogoro S2 / MOSFET
Range: 110 km
Horsepower: 10 hp @ 3,000 rpm
Torque: 26 Nm @ 0-2,500 rpm
Top speed (limited): 90 km/h
Acceleration (0-50 km/h): 3.9 sec
30% gradient: 40 km/h
20% gradient: 50 km/h
10% gradient: 70 km/h
Black and white versions of the EC-05. (Photo by Yamaha)
Promotional video for the Yamaha EC-05: