Yamaha is well known for its incredible range of motorcycles, ATVs, watercraft, and pianos. We often forget about their massive contribution to the automotive side of things as well. Let’s not forget Toyota owns a huge portion of Yamaha, and that has led to their involvement in tons of Trd upgrades as well, and I can’t help but mention a childhood favorite of mine, the Ford Taurus show with a Yamaha v6 and a Mazda 5-speed manual transmission but when it comes to the future of Yamaha the multi-talented Japanese company has been a little quiet well until now. Yamaha recently announced its work on new electric motors that could very well accelerate the EEVEE revolution.
In this article, we’ll break down Yamaha’s new electric motors to discuss how they can permeate the entire motoring world. Yamaha motor begins accepting orders for high-performance electric motor prototype customized units that can be produced rapidly for cars and other vehicles.
This high-performance electric motor prototype can produce the industry-leading high power density for automobiles and other types of vehicles. The compact unit generates up to 200 kilowatts in output, that’s about 268 horsepower, thanks to it a high-efficiency segment conductor and advanced casting and processing technologies that Yamaha has cultivated over many years. Yamaha will develop a prototype to the unique needs of each customer and produce it in a timely manner, using manufacturing techniques that the company adapts flexibly to its different product classes, including motorcycles. Yamaha hopes to gain a better understanding of changing consumer demands by tailoring the motor to the needs of individual customers. This is the initial part of Yamaha motors Transforming Mobility‘s business strategy. Toyota’s no longer an automotive company; their whole identity now is becoming a mobility company. That would be on full showcase at the Tokyo summer Olympics that has been postponed until next year. Yamaha, being closely tied with Toyota, of course, is about this mobility buzzword right now.
Yamaha’s engines have always been tuned for incredible noises. They’re always about engaging the driver with the sound with the feel of the engine now with EVS, that’s a huge problem because electric motors have very little noise they kind of are known for their wine well this is the best sounding electric motor I’ve ever heard at the beginning of the sound or the beginning of the spinning of the motor it’s a very high pitched line that gets higher and higher. Hence, anything that increases in pitch or in volume over time it kind of puts you on your edge of your seat, right it’s like a movie, and we all love hearing the ant-like internal combustion engines. So Yamaha and Lexus have been perfecting this in the LC 500 and the LFA, and that’s one of the reasons why Jeremy Clarkson, his favorite vehicle of all time, possibly unless something else beat it was the Lexus LFA. It was just so raw, so visceral, and you felt so connected to the car because it hit all of the senses EVS aren’t going to be able to do that quite as well but leave it to Yamaha to kind of pick up the torch where us motoring fans want to hear some excitement that’s going on.
Secondly, this thing is super compact; they’re going to be able to stuff it in just about anything so the variety of applications watercraft motorcycles cars and with the compact nature of it that allows you to have bigger batteries in the vehicles it allows you also to have more cargo capacity and also you have more room for things like spare tires. Everyone wants a spare tire, at least as far as I’m concerned, unless you’re out on a track racing; people like the peace of mind of having a spare tire a small electric motor will free up more interior space for your spare tire. And then, for a lot of us enthusiasts out there, there’s the big craze going on right now. Scotty Kilmer kept talking about his EEVEE conversion of his 94 Celica, and that’s what people are really interested in. These small compact motors would allow just about anyone to drop them into any car and allow this to take over the propulsion system.
As mentioned in the spreadsheet, Single motors are likely only to be for motorbikes and aquatic applications. Now they could adapt them to automotive as well, but the prototype they showed of the dual-motor makes a ton of sense, one on each side of the center so that it can act as a differential. And then you have the small dual, so that’s what I was just talking about one on each side, pretty much one powering each wheel. That is an incredible technology that I didn’t expect to see this soon, so dual motors at each axle for cars ATVs. And then a dual-motor all-wheel-drive possibly for a Tron like or a batman motorbike type vehicle where they could have a big fat electric motor relative that electric motor because it’s going to be small on a motorbike and then you could put a smaller one upfront, so you have all all-wheel-drive capability that’s pretty cool. For the small all-wheel drive, you have quad motors, so you have one for each wheel, and this is almost similar to in-wheel motors that Ribbian is playing with Lexus gave us a glimpse with the Lf-30 prototype except those wheels. Those motors are actually inside the wheels but having an individual motor for each wheel like how Yamaha has demonstrated. It makes complete sense to me as well, and I only see this application being for automobiles and maybe ATVs if they want to get really powerful, but you would get from a quad motor because of these power numbers two on each axle 188 horsepower.
We don’t know when these motors are going to be available to manufacturers, but the fact that they’ve come out with two press releases in a half of a year, February and then July. Yamaha’s has a reputation that they really don’t debut or unveil something until it’s pretty much ready for consumption, so I would expect these motors to be ready in the next six to 12 months. The first customers I would see would be Toyota and Lexus for sure and then probably Subaru because they’re sharing the ETNJ platform with Toyota and Lexus. Mazda Suzuki, both of them would be in there because Toyota is pretty much the father company of all those other companies. Yes, they don’t own most of those companies, but they’re a huge influencer on everything they do.