Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha look to create swappable batteries consortium
Honda has signed a letter of intent with KTM AG, Piaggio & C SpA and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. to set up a Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles.
According to a statement released by the company in March, ‘the founding members of the Consortium believe that the availability of a standardised swappable battery system would both promote the widespread use of light electric vehicles and contribute to a more sustainable life-cycle management of batteries used in the transport sector’.
The aim of the Consortium will be to define the standardised technical specs of the swappable battery system for vehicles belonging to the L-category – mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles – and the group will start its activities in May this year. The four members encourage all interested stakeholders to join the cooperation.
“The worldwide electrification effort to reduce CO2 on a global scale is accelerating, especially in Europe,” said Noriaki Abe, Managing Office Motorcycle Operations at Honda. “For the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles, problems such as travel distance and charging times need to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising solution. Considering customer convenience, standardisation of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium.”
12 April 2021