Yamaha’s new Motiv.e City Car is constructed of weight-saving plastic panels and molded to fit around the car’s bubble-like glasshouse. The car was penned by Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray.
This isn’t Yamaha first automotive effort, as they have provide engines to several major car manufacturers. But, the Motiv is their first complete production car.
The concept car weighs 1600 pounds and 8.8 feet long and 4.8 feet wide (with seating for two). Yamaha calculates that the 8.8-kWh battery pack should give the EV a range of more than 100 miles “real world” and a three-hour recharging time.
The electric motor delivers 15 kilowatts continuously with a peak of 25 kW (33 horsepower), which makes torque to the rear wheels on the order of 658 Newton meters.
The Motiv.e is for the greenies, but there will be a 1000cc, three-cylinder, four-stroke version as well. If the car goes on sale, which would be unlikely for the USA market given its 65 mph top speed, it will be a 2016 model.