Yamaha Releases Electric Bicycle, Only Available in Japan

A new electrically assisted bicycle, the PAS Brace L (no idea what the logic behind the name is), will be available from famed motorcycle-maker Yamaha in the middle of next month.

The PAS Brace L is aimed at the male portion of the demographic, for commuting, exercise, or simple two-wheeled fun. The 8-speed gearbox enables fine control assist using the unique S.P.E.C.8 to ensure smooth and sporty performance from acceleration all the way to cruising speed.

The 2011 model includes the industry’s first LED multifunction monitor, which shows the remaining charge on the battery, the selected mode, and the remaining distance for assisted riding. The monitor can also track current speed and approximate calories burned, as well as average speed and cumulative distance. The bike will also tell you exactly how much it is helping you as you pedal down the road.

New for 2011 is the 8.1A long-life battery, with double the capacity of its predecessor, and the longest warranty period for any electric bicycle. It goes on sale on September 15th, for 149,800 yen (nearly $2,000 USD). There is also a ladies’ model available, which is slightly less expensive.

Source | Image: Carview.


Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.