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Honda, Yamaha, KTM, & Vespa Agree To Universal Electric Motorcycle Battery Standard

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Honda, Yamaha, KTM, & Vespa Agree To Common Electrical Bike Battery Customary

One of many greatest obstacles for business adoption within the early days of EVs was the plurality of charging choices. In the present day, we still have CHAdeMO, CCS, and Tesla’s own proprietary standard all battling it out in the US, with different requirements nonetheless in play all through the remainder of the world as effectively. However that’s the automotive enterprise, and, whereas it’s similar to the motorbike enterprise, it’s totally different. There’s a bit extra collaboration, possibly, and (outdoors of Harley-Davidson‘s “core purchaser” group), a little bit extra camaraderie, even. As such, it ought to most likely not be completely stunning to listen to that the key motorbike gamers have all agreed to a single, shared EV battery commonplace for his or her upcoming electrical fashions.

Picture courtesy Honda.

“The worldwide electrification effort to scale back CO2 on a worldwide scale is accelerating, particularly in Europe,” says Noriaki Abe, the Managing Officer of Bike Operations at Honda. “For the widespread adoption of electrical bikes, issues reminiscent of journey distance and charging instances have to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising answer. Contemplating buyer comfort, standardization of swappable batteries and broad adoption of battery techniques is significant, which is why the 4 member producers agreed to type the Consortium.”

The final product is expected to superficially resemble the Gogoro solution currently being rolled out in Taiwan, however will seemingly be a growth on Honda’s personal expertise, first shown at the 2018 CES trade show back when, you recognize, we had commerce reveals. Again then, Honda confirmed not only a motorbike being powered by its swappable batteries — an electrical model of its PCX scooter line — however an electrical side-by-side utility automobile (UTV) as effectively.

Honda CES 2018 Picture Gallery

Honda ePCX Electrical Scooter

Honda ePCX Electrical Scooter – Underseat Batteries

Honda ePCX Electrical Scooter – Plugged In

Honda eRancher

Honda eRancher – Battery Element

Honda Electrical Bike Battery Kiosk

The batteries might be charged whereas nonetheless within the automobile, or be swapped for a recent set at a conveniently situated kiosk, which might most likely occupy the identical house as an ice machine at some future gasoline station or 7-11 in Japan and the US, but it’s important to realize that KTM, with its Husqvarna brand, and Piaggio, parent company of Vespa, will even play an enormous half within the consortium’s international success.

“Sustainability is without doubt one of the key drivers to the way forward for mobility and electrification will play a serious function in reaching this purpose. For powered two-wheelers the constraints of electrical drivetrains relating to vary, charging time and preliminary price are nonetheless evident,” says Stefan Pierer, CEO at KTM. “To beat these challenges and supply a greater buyer expertise, a swappable battery system primarily based on worldwide technical requirements will change into a viable answer. Contemplating the whole lifecycle, a widespread utility of batteries compliant with a typical commonplace will help secondary use in addition to round economic system. We’re glad to be a part of the Consortium as we try in the direction of our targets within the e-mobility sector.”

It’ll be fascinating to see how this all performs out, and whether or not or not a shared battery expertise will dilute the totally different characters of every of the manufacturers concerned, or if it should permit the businesses’ engineers to dump some growth bandwidth and actually concentrate on getting the suspension and body geometry dialed-in so {that a} new electrical YZF feels appropriate totally different from a future electrical CBR, you recognize?  Tell us what you consider this huge information within the feedback part on the backside of the web page!

Supply | Photos:  Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Piaggio, through MXActionMag and Jalopnik.



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