July 8 2009.

GS Yuasa Corp. has developed a three-wheeled electric motorcycle it plans to release next spring as part of efforts to increase profile for its next-generation lithium ion batteries.

The new machine can achieve a leisurely top speed of just 20km per hour and is charged by plugging it into a household outlet.

Test operation of around 20 machines is slated to begin this fall with GS Yuasa employees using them to commute to work.

The company has obtained license plates necessary for their operation on public roads from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Pricing has not been disclosed but the motorcycle is expected to sell for less than 200,000 yen (£1320).

The machine will likely be used by elderly people in regional cities and as a transportation option for tourists.

GS Yuasa is targeting annual sales of 1,000 units.

Source: Nikkienet