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Yamaha thinking bigger with electric motorbikes, new chief says

New powertrain and robotics units seen accelerating growth

Yoshihiro Hidaka, Yamaha Motor's next president.

TOKYO -- Yamaha Motor looks to supercharge its selection of electric motorbikes with larger models, according to its incoming president, keeping pace with a global shift toward electric vehicles of all kinds.

The Japanese company now offers an electric version of only its smallest scooters, with a standard engine output of less than 0.6kW -- low enough for automobile drivers to ride with a regular driver's license. Yamaha now looks to add more powerful electric models to the lineup, said Yoshihiro Hidaka, the corporate planning chief who takes over as president Monday. These new introductions will include equivalents to Yamaha's popular 125cc scooters, he told The Nikkei, featuring a standard output between 0.6 kW and 1 kW.

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