Yamaha will hasten India's EV entrance.

Yamaha Motor, a Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer, is developing an electric scooter for the Indian market, which might touch the roads within the next two to three years. The rate of vehicle electrification in India has astonished the firm, and it is expediting product development for this market, according to Eishin Chihana, chairman of Yamaha Motor India.

India may potentially become a crucial base for the company's export of electric scooters to Europe and other countries.

"With growing petrol prices and reduced fuel efficiency of the (petrol-driven) scooter, we foresee a lot more penetration (of electrification) in the scooter area," he said, adding that the company is now developing an electric scooter prototype.

The product is currently being developed in Chennai by the company's Research and Development team. It will most likely be produced at Yamaha's factory in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu.

The manufacturer of the Fascino 125 scooter and FZ-X motorbike expects their electric scooters to perform similarly to a 110-125 cc petrol scooter. They might have a range of 50-60 kilometers per charge.

"Our research shows that the typical city commute is 30-35 kilometers per day, so we'll incorporate that in throughout the building process," Chihana added.

While the scooter is being modified from its existing product in Europe, he says the Indian version would have its own battery management system and changes to suit to the country's topography and climatic circumstances. In the next three to five years, he expects 30% of Indian scooter purchasers to choose the cleaner electric engine.

This month, the business will introduce its Neo Scooter across Europe. According to the chairman, the Indian alternative under development might also be a good choice for international markets such as Europe.

India is one of Yamaha's primary strategic export centers for the next decade. When compared to Indonesia, the Indian automotive ecosystem has grown far faster in terms of technology and EV capabilities. With quicker domestic adoption and a greater demand for EVs in the global market, we intend to play a vital role in Electric Vehicle (EV)exports in the future, he added.

Yamaha Motor India completed the previous fiscal year with a market share of 3.53% and sales of less than 500,000 units. Chihana has set a goal of tripling the company's market share in the next three to four years.

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