Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha Create Swappable Batteries Consortium

Cycle News Staff | March 1, 2021

Four OEMS signed letters of intent to set up a Swappable Batteries Consortium for motorcycles and light electric vehicles.

Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha Create Swappable Batteries Consortium

The consortium’s main aim will be to standardize the technical specifications of a swappable battery system set for integration into L-category vehicles, which encompasses mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. It will then work in collaboration with stakeholders and national and international bodies to create a set of technical standards surrounding the proposed battery.

The founding members of the consortium believe that the availability of a standardized 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 Consortium will start its activities in May 2021. The four founding members encourage all interested stakeholders to join the cooperation to enrich the Consortium’s expertise.

Noriaki Abe

Noriaki Abe, managing officer of motorcycle operations at Honda:
“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.”

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Stefan Pierer, KTM AG CEO:
“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. Considering the entire lifecycle, a widespread application of batteries compliant with a common standard will support secondary use as well as circular economy. We are glad to be part of the Consortium as we strive towards our goals in the e-mobility sector.”

Michele Colaninno, Piaggio Group chief of strategy and product:
Michele Colaninno, Piaggio Group chief of strategy and product:
“With the signing of this letter of intent the signatories show their proactiveness vis-à-vis the major concerns of their customers and the political priorities as regards the electrification of vehicles. An international standard for the swappable batteries system will make this technology efficient and at the disposal of the consumers. Finally, a strengthened cooperation among manufacturers and institutions will allow the industry to better respond to the main challenges of the future of mobility.”

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.”


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