New international consortium for replaceable motorcycle batteries


New international consortium for replaceable motorcycle batteries

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Honda has signed agreements with Yamaha, Piaggio and Kitty to create a consortium of replaceable batteries for motorcycles and light electric vehicles.


According to Motorcycle News, on March 1, 2021, the four major motorcycle OEMs announced their intention to create a replaceable battery standard for electric vehicles.

The four companies plan to work together to solve electric transportation problems by developing international standards.

In the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement and the move towards electric transport, the founding members of the consortium believe that the existence of a standard replaceable battery system will both expand the use of light electric vehicles and lead to more sustainable management of the battery life cycle. he does. Manufacturers will also try to address customers’ major concerns about the future of e-transportation by increasing range, shortening charging times and reducing vehicle and infrastructure costs.

The previous agreement (Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki) seems to have been more about joint technology development. However, this new consortium, in collaboration with QT and Piagio, wants to define the technical specifications of replaceable battery systems throughout the L-Class. According to press releases, all four companies include (motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles and even quad bikes).

There is also a plan for the participation of national, European and international standardization bodies, as well as participation in the creation of international technical standards.

If all goes according to plan, the consortium of Honda, Yamaha, Kittyam and Piaggio will begin work on the project in May 2021.

According to Motorcycle News, they will work to increase stability, improve charging time, increase infrastructure and reduce overall customer costs. In other words, they intend to address most of the major everyday concerns of people about switching from combustion vehicles to electric vehicles.

Having goals is a great first step, but will they succeed? If so, how fast? Will this consortium and partnership (Honda and Yamaha join Suzuki and Kawasaki)?

The new partnership between Honda, Yamaha, Kittyam and Piagio encourages all interested stakeholders to join the consortium for specialized enrichment. Can we see other OEMs that have not previously been involved in either consortium in the future? As usual, we have no choice but to wait and see what progresses.


  • Reporter: Mohammad Ali Nejadian
    News source: rideapart & Honda


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