5-Ways SWITCH-ON with Yamaha

POSTED: 10/03/2022

With Yamaha's Announcement earlier this month, revealing the 'Switch On' today was the date of the first announcement when it came to models. On the 10th of March unveiled the Yamaha NEO's which is a new 50cc Electric equivalent, bringing a new design to an older name. 
 
For 2022, the new generation electric NEO's is Yamaha’s first “50cc equivalent” mass-produced electric scooter to be released in the European market and this affordable new zero-emissions model is ready to play its part in the transformation of urban mobility in European towns and cities

Pure, sporty and with universal styling

 

The NEO's has always been known for its simple, universal yet attractive styling and the new electric model comes with smart new bodywork with an upright style and minimal front and rear overhang to give this new scooter a distinctive character of its own. 

 

The compact body features soft, rounded forms that enhance the relaxed feel and convey the easy-to-ride character of this ultra-quiet zero-emissions scooter. Surrounded by white rings that give a fresh, understated, and contemporary look, the new full LED twin-eye headlights are inspired by the iconic face of the original NEO's.
In addition to its aesthetically pleasing design, the NEO's comes with practical touches that underline its role as a daily urban commuter. Not only do the rubber mouldings applied to the outline of the interior give the NEO's a stylish external appearance, but they also help to protect against minor knocks and scuffs, as well as covering various fasteners to give a sleeker finish.

 

The NEO's is available in two simple and effective colours that perfectly capture its understated yet strong character: Milky White and Midnight Black. In both cases, a dedicated Aqua colour – intended to become the signature of Yamaha EV – is used as an accent on the battery cover and as the colour for the 3D NEO's logos

NEO's White Side

NEO's Black Side

NEO's White Rear

NEO's Black Rear

Yamaha Integrated Power Unit (YIPU) – smooth, quiet, and efficient
 
The new NEO's is driven by the latest generation Yamaha Integrated Power Unit (YIPU) that has been developed using the extensive knowledge gained by the company during the development of pioneering electric scooters including the Passol and EC-03 over the last three decades.

 

At the heart of this compact direct drive wheel hub is a newly developed air-cooled brushless electric motor that delivers high levels of torque for smooth running, strong acceleration, and extremely quiet operation. A key feature of this second generation YIPU is its highly efficient gearless design that significantly reduces transmission power losses typically associated with gears and drive belts. Another significant advantage of Yamaha’s direct-drive design is that it virtually eliminates mechanical noise for extremely quiet running to give a relaxing and enjoyable ride – and with fewer moving parts, running costs are kept to a minimum.

 

The innovative YIPU design doubles up as the rear wheel hub and incorporates the rear braking system and the unit is mounted directly to the rear wheel rim. A single sided swingarm contains the Motor Control Unit (MCU) that governs power output and the rear wheel rim can be easily removed for tyre replacement by the removal of five bolts.
Smart, simple, economical, and reliable, the new NEO's is an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for an affordable next generation zero-emissions scooter for daily commuting and general urban mobility.
Removable Yamaha lithium-ion battery

 

Weighing just 8 kg and located below the seat in the centre of the chassis is a 50.4V/19.2Ah lithiumion battery that provides a high-power output to the rear wheel. Developed and produced in-house by Yamaha, this high energy density battery gives a range of approximately 37 km on a full charge when tested in WMTC Class 1 in STD mode and has a battery temperature of 25°C.

 

Supplied with one battery as standard equipment, the NEO's is equipped with the connector and housing for an optional second battery that can extend the range to approximately 68 km.

 

Charging can be carried out with the battery fitted to the NEO's or when removed for convenient indoor charging. The NEO's is supplied with a purpose-built portable battery charger designed to be plugged into a domestic socket and takes approximately 8 hours to reach full charge.
Selectable ride modes for various riding conditions

 

NEO's riders can choose from two different ride modes depending on conditions and individual preferences and it's easy to change modes on the y using the switch on the right handlebar. STD mode delivers the highest power output of 2.06kW @ 40 km/h and is designed for general use on average roads.

 

ECO mode is aimed at reducing battery consumption and is best suited to longer rides where achieving maximum range is desirable. In ECO mode, the maximum power is reduced to 1.58kW at 30 km/h and top speed is limited to 35 km/h – while power output is reduced across the entire speed range to extend battery life for a range of approximately 38.5km* on full charge.

 

*Yamaha research. This range changes by place, riding style and battery degradation.
Connectivity via Yamaha’s MyRide smartphone app

 

NEO's riders can stay connected when riding the new generation NEO's by downloading Yamaha's free MyRide app to their smartphone and pairing it with the Communication Control Unit (CCU) on the scooter by simply using a QR code or VIN number. The connected LCD instruments feature icons that display real-time notifications of incoming calls and messages from the user’s smartphone, ensuring that every NEO's user can keep in touch with friends, family, and work colleagues.

 

NEO's riders can also share their riding experiences with other Yamaha MyRide users, as well as export journey information and link up with other MyRiders to view photos, compare routes and check out new places to go.

 

In addition to enabling connectivity, MyRide also gives the NEO's rider access to technical and running information such as speed, acceleration, vehicle battery status, route tracking and more. The MyRide app will display charging status and the user will be able to see the charge level of the main battery and the optional second battery. A parking locator makes it easy to find the scooter and a malfunction alert lets the user know about any technical issues that may need attention.

 

By ensuring that every NEO's rider can stay connected, MyRide makes this new electric scooter the ideal urban mobility solution for everyone, whether they’ve ridden a scooter before or are first-time riders

Compact and easy to read LCD instrument panel – Smart Key keyless system

 

In addition to the speedometer, odometer and trip and clock functions, the compact-new LCD instrumentation displays charge levels of both the main and second optional battery, as well as STD or ECO riding mode indicators and icons for smartphone app connection, missed calls and email notifications.

 

Charging status can be seen on the battery itself or on the meter when charging the battery and a charger connected indicator is also featured. Other features include a turtle icon for when power output is restricted, a smart key check light and a ready to ride "RUN" indicator.

 

The NEO's is all about convenience and ease of use and its keyless Smart Key system enables the rider to operate the scooter simply by carrying the Smart Key in their pocket.
Yamaha NEO's Key Features

 

New electric scooter for the 2.5kW AM licence class

Yamaha Integrated Power Unit (YIPU)

Hub-mounted brushless electric motor with direct drive

Lightweight swingarm with built-in Motor Control Unit (MCU)

Quick and controllable acceleration

Universal riding position for riders of different physiques.

Removable 1kWh 50.4V/19.2A lithium-ion battery, weight 8 kg, 225 x 375 x 105 mm

Eight hours full charge time with standard charger

Single battery range approx. 37 km* – with the possibility to connect a second battery**

STD and ECO ride modes

Agile, comfortable, and easy to use

27 litres of underseat storage for one jet helmet or a second battery

Simple, compact, universal styling

Full LED front and rear lighting and LED indicators

Spacious footboard area

Die-cast aluminium grab bar

Lightweight 13-inch cast alloy wheels with low-resistance tyres

KYB front forks with corrosion-resistant nickel-plated inner tubes

Detachable rear wheel rim for simple tyre changes

Compact and easy-to-read LCD instrument panel

Connectivity to scooter’s CCU via Yamaha's MyRide smartphone app

 

Availability and price

 

The NEO's will be available in the UK market from May 2022, with an On The Road price of £3,005

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