Yamaha’s New Sporty E-scooter Gets Swappable Batteries

Yamaha has launched the new EMF, an electric scooter with Gogoro-powered swappable batteries, in Taiwan

Yamaha Taiwan has launched the new Yamaha EMF, a sporty electric scooter with Gogoro-powered swappable batteries. This comes as an addition to the existing Yamaha EC-05, another e-scooter powered by Gogoro’s batteries.

The new EV is priced at TWD 99,800 (approx. Rs 2.68 lakh) for those who pre-order it before March 31. The first 200 buyers will also get a complimentary NFT EMF model.

The Yamaha EMF is powered by a liquid-cooled permanent magnet motor churning out 7.6kW and 26Nm. It is linked to Gogoro’s swappable twin battery pack weighing 21kg together. The e-scooter tips the scales at 114kg (with the battery pack) -- fairly light, we say. The company hasn’t revealed the range or charging times, but we reckon it shouldn’t be much of a concern considering Taiwan already has an extensive network of swap stations.

The Yamaha EMF looks properly sporty. The twin vertically stacked projector LED headlights and the boxy yet sleek apron panels look like a visual extension of the front fork, making the scooter seem Transformer-ish. It also gets a maxi-style split floorboard with a cubbyhole in between, and the stubby tail section gets faux air intakes flanking the vertically stacked twin LED tail lamps.

Notable features include all-LED lighting, a fully digital instrument cluster with smartphone compatibility and navigation, an NFC-enabled smart key, and a combined braking system for the disc brakes.

The e-scooter is suspended on a telescopic fork at the front, and twin shock absorbers with a chain drive at the rear. Yamaha has equipped it with 10-inch alloys wrapped in 100-section front and 130-section rear road-biased tyres.

All in all, the Yamaha EMF, with its swappable battery, sporty styling, relatively light kerb weight, and 785mm seat height, is an ideal eco-friendly urban runabout. While this is unlikely to come to India, Yamaha is working on something specific for our EV segment, and we hope the Japanese marque launches it soon!

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