Last week Yamaha unveiled 4 pedelec prototype models at Interbike – the largest bicycle trade event in North America – with availability to US dealers scheduled for early next year.
Yamaha’s models, capable of assistance up to 20mph for the American market, are the drop-bar Urban Rush road bike, hardtail YDX-TORC, alongside the Cross Core fitness hybrid and Cross Connect, a recreation and utility pedelec.
The Yamaha Motor Company started producing electric bikes and drive units in 1993 and has since produced more than 4 million drive units.
“Yamaha has been a pioneer, inventor, and innovator in electric bicycles for more than two decades,” said Terry Okawa, President, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. “And introducing Yamaha electric bicycles at this time will only add further to the depth and diversity of the Yamaha brand in the U.S.”
Sales & Marketing Manager, Drew Engelmann, told Pedelecs that the models are “specific to the Yamaha US project development” with full specification being released towards the end of 2017.