March 31, 2022
By Kali Kotoski
Yamaha announced that it has developed an electric trials bike that will see action at the FIM Trial World Championship in June with factory rider Kenichi Kuroyama putting it to the test.
The bike, called the TY-E 2.0, comes from a 2021 review of Yamaha’s 2050 environmental plan that aims for carbon neutrality by the middle of this century.
A trials bike makes sense, given the unique traits of electric vehicles, including powerful low-down torque and strong acceleration needed to navigate a trials course.
The TY-E 2.0’s development progressed based on the first TY-E model announced in 2018 and features a newly designed monocoque frame made of composite laminates housing an electric power unit. The bike also mounts a newly developed lightweight battery with approximately 2.5 times the capacity of the previous model.
The TY-E 2.0 was exhibited at the Yamaha Motor booth at the 49th Tokyo Motorcycle Show held from March 25 to 27.