Yamaha Patents A Leaning Electric Trike


The market for electric two-wheelers is primed to explode in just about every country, but what about the market for electric trikes? Specifically, ones that lean into turns for tighter cornering?

VisorDown reports that Yamaha has filed a patent for a three-wheeled electric trike with two electric hub motors at the back wheels and a single front wheel, and the design looks a lot like the EC-03 e-Scoot, which is already available for sale in Europe. Does this mean a trike version is destined to be?

It’s looking like it might have a chance at least, and (like many other companies) Yamaha has expressed a growing interest in electric vehicles. While some may sneer at the three-wheeled setup as inherently unstable, the Toyota i-Road is proving what’s possible with today’s self-balancing gyros and lean-in technology.

The Yamaha electric trike might also offer twice as much power as its two-wheeled cousin thanks to the dual rear-wheel setup. Plus, with more and more people migrating back to urban areas, a trike offers more cargo storage and stability than traditionally scooters or motorcycles, because let’s be honest, not everyone is ready or willing to take the “risks” associated with motorbikes.. A trike could be a good stepping stone though, especially one that leans, and it could make scooting a bit more fun than many people might be used to.

Is the world ready for a leaning electric trike?

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.