Four of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers have agreed to make the same batteries which can be adaptable and interchangeable between brands. Manufacturers seek to facilitate use for their customers facing future challenges.
The most important two-wheel motorcycle manufacturers, the Japanese Honda and Yamaha, the Austrian KTM and the Italian Piaggio, have signed the creation of a consortium to harmonize battery standards for motorcycles so that they can all use the same.
The manufacturers cite several reasons to justify this unification of the batteries, in particular environmental reasons. They say they are “attached to the promotion of the widespread use of light electric vehicles (such as mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles) and at the same time, to a more sustainable management of the life cycle of batteries in the context of international climate policies ”, according to a press release.
According to them, the availability of a commonly developed exchangeable battery system “is the key to the development of low voltage electromobility”, they add in their document announcing the creation of the Consortium (SBMC) for interchangeable batteries.
They also add that concerning the charging stations on the roads “vary by country and information for end users is still limited”, hence the usefulness of a unified battery system between their different brands.
The manufacturers intend to make the use of motorcycles easier for their customers and to continue the motorcycles as a means of transportation in the future.
“We have to solve several challenges such as extending range, reducing charging time and lowering vehicle and infrastructure costs to improve customer comfort,” explained Yoshishige Nomura, general manager of operations. Honda Motor motorcycle.
And to indicate that the “final” objective of the creation of a consortium “is to guarantee that motorcycles will continue to be chosen as a useful means of transport in future mobility”.