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PHOTO CAPTION: Yamaha EC-03 electric scooter will be sold initially in Japan starting in 2011.

Yamaha Developing $2,700 Electric Scooter

Company hopes to sell 1,000 in Japan in 2011, but has no plans for N. America introduction.

Published: 16-Jul-2010

TOKYO -- Yamaha is targeting fashionable green-minded consumers with a new electric scooter designed for short city commutes.

The 240,000 yen ($2,700) "smart minimal commuter" EC-03, shown to reporters Wednesday, is zero-emission and super-quiet, making it convenient for late-night city driving, according to Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor Co.

Its maximum cruising range on a single charge is technically 43 kilometers (27 miles) but in regular road conditions, drivers should not count on more than 25 kilometers (15 miles), Yamaha said.

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