The Yamaha TMax Hybrid scooter may debut in the world in 2023. Yamaha’s latest look at hybrid technology is in line with the serial hybrid scheme.
Yamaha has previously shown interest in hybrid technology with several popular models present in the lineup. Reports now show that it is improving the game by revising the same concept but from a completely different angle
The company has now filed a patent for the hybrid system of its popular TMax maxi scooter, which is sold internationally as a premium offering.
A recently leaked patent document hints at a few notable details about this system.
The company’s latest view on hybrid technology follows a “serial hybrid”. This necessarily means that the system has a mechanism in which the sole purpose of the internal combustion engine is to run at an efficient speed to recharge the battery. On the other hand, it is the electric motor that is responsible for pushing the motorcycle forward. The internal combustion engine as well as the electric motor have a direct connection via a connecting rod. This technology is not uncommon, as some cars, such as the Chevrolet Volt, have achieved production with serial hybrid technology.
The company probably chose TMAX as the basis for its hybrid system because due to its size under the seat there is ample storage space. This could allow the company to neatly hide the battery and engine system under the trunk without distorting the overall aesthetics of the scooter.
Although the registration of a new patent does not guarantee the actual launch of this system, but if Yamaha has real plans to bring it to market, the same thing could happen sometime before the end of 2023. However, the Indian launch will be nowhere near. On the other hand, Yamaha Motor India has on the market two entry-level hybrid scooters in the form of Fascino 125 and Ray ZR 125.
Meanwhile, the manufacturer YZF-R1 has updated its popular R25 sports bike with new hidden color options. Apart from the updated color scheme, no other changes have been made to the motorcycle. (Find more information here)
Date of first publication: February 26, 2022, 10:09 IST