Yamaha makes just about everything: high-end speakers, musical instruments, outboard motors, motorcycles, and even some car engines like the Lexus LFA’s 1LR-GUE V10. So, it should come as no surprise to see the company try its hand at producing electric motors as the automotive industry shifts toward electrification.
Since 2020, Yamaha has been doing research on electric motors producing anywhere between 47hp and 268hp for electric scooters and battery-powered city cars. However, the company decided to increase the output of its motors to 466hp while integrating the gear and the inverter to make the entire assembly more compact.
Now, 466hp might sound quite tame considering some EVs these days push out four-digit horsepower figures. But these vehicles usually have two or more motors. As individual units, these electric motors will produce around 300-450hp. For context, the 751hp Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a twin-motor setup, while the 1,020hp Tesla Model S Plaid makes do with three. You do the math.
So, an EV fitted with two Yamaha motors could be looking at a total output of 932hp. Just imagine the potential of a car with that type of power unit. If you can make to it Yokohama for the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2021 on May 26-28, you’ll be able to see the fruits of Yamaha’s labor on display.