Yamaha says it’s planning a massive company shift towards carbon-neutral products, with an eye towards emissions created during the production of vehicles, as well as during their usage. For now, motorcycles are still part of the plan going forward.
Officially, Yamaha’s press release says it’s “Aiming for carbon neutrality over the entire product life cycle by 2050.” It’s all part of Yamaha’s long-term Environmental Plan 2050; Yamaha says it’s using this plan to not just reduce carbon emissions, but also “offer new excitement and a more fulfilling life for people all over the world.” In other words, Yamaha wants to still make fun vehicles.
Yamaha says it already sells vehicles with low carbon emissions required for production and use, with consideration for factors like raw material procurement. However, in the future, it seems Yamaha is going to ramp up these efforts, introducing new vehicle designs as part of the process. The press release says this:
“Toward realizing a carbon–neutral society in 2050, the Company will continue to offer new value by proposing new forms of mobility unique to Yamaha Motor in addition to its signature motorcycles.”
That sounds like Yamaha’s saying traditional two-wheelers won’t disappear from the lineup, but the company plans to introduce new battery-powered vehicle formats as well.
We’ve already seen hints of this at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, and Yamaha’s TY-E electric trials bike is already on the market. Also, Yamaha is part of the global consortium working on swappable electric scooter batteries. However, the press release continues with further interesting tidbits. Later, it says the company’s policy is “to further reduce the CO2emitted per person during movement,” by getting them to “Use efficient power sources and switch to power sources with low CO2emissions.”
What does this mean? A solar-powered e-bike? A wind turbine-powered electric skateboard? Who knows? One thing is for sure, though: Traditional motorcycle design is about to see an upheaval, as politicians push through bans on internal combustion engines.