Yamaha Tmax, new plans for a hybrid version?
Yamaha returns to the hybrid with a new project that is very different from what has been seen so far in the motorcycle field. The scooter, which looks like a Tmax, is actually a "pure" electric but uses a small single-cylinder petrol engine only to recharge the batteries and thus increase autonomy.
Now almost "normal" in cars, hybrid technology will soon land on scooters and motorcycles as well. Yamaha was among the first to propose "hybrid" concepts, thanks also to its close relationship with Toyota, among the first in the automotive field to have focused on this technology. Just remember the Gen-Ryu, a decidedly futuristic concept presented in 2005 and equipped with the four-cylinder of an R6 "combined" with an electric unit. So far, Piaggio's MP3 Hybrid and Honda's PCX Hybrid (not imported into Europe) have reached series production, while Kawasaki and BMW have also proposed some concepts. The Iwata company - we see it in the projects disseminated by colleagues at bennetts.uk - would seem to be working to develop a new hybrid technology applied to a scooter that looks like the Tmax, in this patent the petrol engine would have the only task of recharging the battery pack. The bike would therefore be a "pure" electric one, with the electric motor (in the patents indicated with the number 51) powered by the battery located under the saddle and connected to the rear wheel via a final chain (or belt) transmission. The petrol engine - a small single-cylinder mounted in front of the main engine and connected to the generator (indicated with the number 42) for recharging the battery - does not seem to have any role in the actual movement of the scooter. The idea is to have a "range extender", that is a system that allows you to increase autonomy by recharging the batteries even on the move. For the moment in any case, it should be remembered, it is only a patent and therefore it is difficult to say if and when it will become a reality.
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