Yamaha announces 469 hp 800-volt prototype electric motor for high-performance EVs – order books open

Yamaha announces 469 hp 800-volt prototype electric motor for high-performance EVs – order books open

Yamaha has announced that it has developed an electric motor unit with a maximum output in the 350 kW class (469 hp) at an operating voltage of 800 V, designed for installation in high-performance ‘hyper-EVs’ and other high-output applications, and the manufacturer will start taking orders this month.

Since last year, the Iwata-based manufacturer has been accepting commissions for the development of prototype electric motors in the 35-200 kW (47-268 hp) range for automobiles and other mobility solutions, it said, with the 350 kW-class oil-cooled, permanent magnet synchronous motor the latest to emerge from its electric motor development.

A key trait of the new electric motor is its compact construction, where its mechanical and electrical components have been designed as a single entity that integrates the gear and inverter into a single unit, says Yamaha. This was also developed with the installation of multiple units in a single vehicle in mind.

Yamaha announces 469 hp 800-volt prototype electric motor for high-performance EVs – order books open

Beyond the raw performance numbers, Yamaha has also been working on the sensory aspects of the drive experience delivered by its electric motors, namely the sound it emits when in operation. “This is how we express fun and emotion in our products for cars,” said Takashi Hara from the engineering division of the automotive development section within Yamaha Motor Company Limited.

Response from the electric motors have always been a point of focus with Yamaha’s development, and the manufacturer says that its delivery of ’emotional EV motors’ is how it sets itself apart from other EV manufacturers. “Creating excitement as you drive, corner and brake is the most important thing. It’s what we value,” Hara said.

Yamaha’s production technology and know-how gives it the flexibility to adapt to the needs of not just motorcycles, but also for the development of prototype motors tailored to the specific requirements of its clients in a short span of time, it said. The 350 kW-class (469 hp) electric motor, along with other EV motor prototypes will be exhibited at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2021 Yokohama this May 26 to 28.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Paksyed on Apr 13, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Industrial revolution 4.5 for EV cars. Those in early 1900s, Benz introduced one cylinder ICE that transformed world motoring. Now many new advance EV technology by Tesla, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW, MB & Yamaha will replace ICE faster than expected…

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Apr 14, 2021 at 6:30 am

      Tesla also announced new compact battery development which is lighter and has more range than before. Just wait for another 5years and swap to EV.

      Bye bye combustion engines

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    • autobiographer on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Karl Benz actually built his first car in 1885, not in the early 1900’s.

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  • ICE-EV on Apr 13, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Sadly the EV market in Malaysia aren’t that popular. Not to mention expensive and lack of regulation surrounding EVs and EV Conversion.

    I weirdly enough have a dream to convert my parent’s OG saga to EV since I was a kid, just out of curiousity if it’s even possible. It’s a pipe dream unless I got millions to spare just to do an EV conversion on a car that many considered a rust buckect.

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