The involved manufacturers have previously dabbled in electric vehicles, with Honda having developed its own swappable battery, Piaggio boasting and electric Vespa and Yamaha having previous dealt with an external battery manufacturer.
Managing Officer of Motorcycle Operations at Honda, Noriaki Abe, commented: “The worldwide electrification effort to reduce CO2 on a global scale is accelerating, especially in Europe. 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, standardization of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium.”
Stefan Pierer, KTM AG CEO, added: “Sustainability is one of the key drivers to the future of mobility and electrification will play a major role in achieving this goal. For powered two-wheelers the constraints of electric drivetrains regarding range, charging time and initial cost are still evident. To overcome these challenges and provide a better customer experience, a swappable battery system based on international technical standards will become a viable solution.”
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