Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Yamaha EC-02: Two-wheeled transport, circa 2027?


Buy an R1 while you still can. Within twenty years, this is all that Yamaha might be selling...

First shown back in 2005, the Yamaha EC-02 is a battery-powered scooter that's treated with a film which, er... glows in the dark. Why? 'The technology enables the exterior to give a more vividly stereoscopic impression of the three-dimensional shape of any surface treated with the film,' said one report from Japan. Unable to recognise scooters as three-dimensional objects? There you are, sorted!

Apart from its night-glow tech and iPod compatibility, the EC-02 is your usual battery-powered scooter that weighs 47 kilos, has a range of 40km and a top speed of 30km/h. Batteries take six hours to charge. Park it out in the sun during the day, and the film covering the EC-02 gets all charged up and glows in the night. Not weird enough for you? Take a look at the Suzuki Choi Nori and the Gamax Spillo then. Or go here for some more wild and wonderful gadgets from Japan. And finally, though we don't expect too many of our readers to be Japanese schoolgirls, if you are one, do go here.


And here's another take on the future of two-wheeled transport. This is Axle Corporation's electric scooter concept shown last year. It's powered by a hybrid magnetic motor, can do 180km on one charge and can hit a top speed of 150km/h! The batteries take only six hours to charge fully. If this is the future, well, it isn't too bad...

Also see:
The mighty Quadzilla!
The amazing Suzuki RE-5
Wakan 1640, a French cruiser...
What your bike says about you!
A MotoGP-powered boardtracker!
Significant 'firsts' in motorcycling...
Only in Japan: Skateboard vs Honda CBR600!
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