Yamaha shows e-motor for high performance electric cars

Yamaha shows e-motor for high performance electric cars

Yamaha Motor has developed an electric motor with a maximum output of 350 kW. According to the Japanese, this drive module can be used in "hyper EVs" and other high-performance applications.

The electric motor is an "integrated permanent magnet synchronous motor" (IPMSM), which is oil-cooled and integrates all mechanical (e.g. the gearbox) and electrical (e.g. the inverter) components into a single unit, which should enable a particularly compact design.

350 kilowatts or 476 hp in the old world is more than enough power for a car, but this level of performance is nowadays also reached by the sporty top models of many a mid-size sedan. In order to be able to push into the performance regions of a hypercar, the drive unit has been developed, according to Yamaha, in such a way that several units can be installed in one vehicle. With four electric motors - i.e. one at each wheel - a corresponding hypercar would come to an output of 1,400 kW or 1,904 hp.

Yamaha doesn't give any details on torque, weight or dimensions in the short press release. The prototype of the new 350-kW unit is scheduled to be on display at the 2021 Automotive Engineering Exposition in Yokohama at the end of May, at which time there may be more details on the powertrain and the plans of the Japanese company, which actually builds motorcycles and outboard engines.