Tuesday, 13 April 2021 | 10:56 WIB

Four Global Motorcycle Giants Set to Create Consortium on Battery

Four Global Motorcycle Giants Set to Create Consortium on Battery (cakapcakap)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Electric-powered vehicle technology continues to develop, and more of the products of this technology will be manufactured. To that end, four global motorcycle manufacturers, namely Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Piagio, have agreed to establish a consortium to determine battery standards. If a standard system for battery has been found, the batteries that are used in electric motorbikes and light electric vehicles can be interchangeable.

In the context of the Paris Climate Agreement and the transition to electromobility, the global motorcycle giants believe that the availability of standard interchangeable battery system will encourage widespread use of light electric vehicles, and contribute to more sustainable life cycle management.

By expanding reach, shortening charging times, and lowering vehicle and infrastructure costs, the manufacturers will try to address the key concerns of customers regarding the future of electric mobility.

The purpose of forming the consortium is to determine the standard technical specifications of the interchangeable battery system for vehicles belonging to the L-category: mopeds, motorbikes, rickshaws, and quadricycles.

By working closely with national, European, and international stakeholders and standardization bodies, the founding members of the consortium will be involved in the setting of international technical standards.

The consortium will start its activities on May 2021. The four founders encourage all interested stakeholders to join forces to enrich the consortium's expertise.

"Electrification efforts around the world to reduce CO2 on a global scale are accelerating, especially in Europe. For the widespread adoption of electric motorbikes, problems such as travel distance and charging time need to be addressed. Interchangeable batteries are a promising solution, "said Honda Motorcycle Division Managing Officer Noriaki Abe, quoted on Friday (03/05/2021).

Taking into account the convenience of customers, standardization of interchangeable batteries, and the adoption of a broad battery system is very important, which is why the four member manufacturers agreed to form a consortium, Abe added.