New swappable batteries consortium announced | NEWS
Yamaha has announced today that it has signed a letter of intent, along with Honda, Piaggio and KTM to bring about a standardised swappable battery consortium for motorcycles and electric vehicles. This will enable batteries to simply be swapped over for a fully-charged one, increasing range and making electric much more viable for the real world.
The consortium will work together to define the technical specifications for the swappable battery system for electric vehicles in the L-category; mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. They’ll be working closely with European and international standardisation bodies in the creation of international technical standards. Activities will start in May.
Executive Officer Takuya Kinoshita, Chief General Manager of Motorcycle Business Operations, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.: “I believe the creation of this Consortium holds great significance not just for Europe but the world as we move towards establishing standards for swappable batteries for light electric vehicles. I’m confident that through work like this, the technical specs and standards, that currently differ by regional characteristics or the state of the industry in different markets will be unified, and, in the future, will help lead towards maximizing the merits of electric power for customers on a global level.”