The Yamaha TMax Hybrid scooter could make its world debut in 2023. The latest version of Yamaha’s hybrid technology follows the series hybrid arrangement.
Yamaha has already shown interest in hybrid technology with several popular models in the lineup. Now reports suggest it improves the game by revisiting the same concept but from a very 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.
The recently leaked patent document hints at several notable details about this system.
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The company’s latest take on hybrid technology follows the “series hybrid” arrangement. This necessarily means that the system includes an arrangement in which the sole purpose of the combustion engine is to operate at an efficient speed to recharge the battery. On the other hand, it is the electric motor which is responsible for moving the motorcycle forward. The internal combustion engine as well as the electric motor have a direct connection via a crank. This technology is not uncommon, as some cars, for example Chevrolet Volt, have reached production with hybrid technology as standard.
The company likely chose the TMAX as the base for its hybrid system because it has plenty of underseat storage thanks to its size. This could have allowed the company to neatly hide the battery and motor system under the trunk, without distorting the overall aesthetics of the scooter.
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Although the registration of the new patent does not guarantee the actual launch of this system, but if Yamaha really plans to introduce it in the market, the same could happen towards the end of 2023. However, an Indian launch will not be nowhere in sight. On the other hand, Yamaha Motor India has two entry-level hybrid scooters in the market in the form of the Fascino 125 and the Ray ZR 125.
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Date of first publication: February 26, 2022, 10:09 AM IST