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FOUR JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE FIRMS AGREE TO STANDARDISE MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES

A GREAT AND PRACTICAL STEP FORWARD FOR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES

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The world is full of non-standard technology, from international plug sockets to electric car charging points – in the main they are not compatible with each other, making life more complicated and less user friendly.
Frankly it is just irritating for the consumer, so this move from four of the main Japanese motorcycle makers is most welcome for when the inevitable electric motorcycles truly arrive.

Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki have united and standardised their technology to bring out batteries which are interchangeable between the different makes of motorcycle. Halleluia! This is a great step towards the simplification of electric bikes, meaning that garages and battery swap stations can simply stock quantities of fully charged standard battery packs, ready for motorcyclists to pull in and swap them over. With this in place, refuelling will suddenly become a five minute battery swap job and not require the long waits currently needed for recharging, it’ll be quicker than filling the petrol tank in fact.

This collaboration is mutually beneficial for all four of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers and incentivises buying any of the electric versions. Now, lets say a Honda motorcycle can use the same battery as a Kawasaki, thanks to the Swappable Battery Consortium for Electric Motorcycles. Honda, KTM, Yamaha and Piaggio are also trying to get to the same point of collaboration – how amazing would it be if standardisation is across the board?!

The range of electric motorcycles will no longer be such a major issue once this tech is adopted, as a machine with a long range between charges will not be the holy grail when quick and convenient battery swapping is available everywhere. The individual batteries themselves won’t need to be so big and heavy either, as they won’t have to deliver a 200 mile range between charges, if swapping them over is so easy.

Rather than buying a big expensive battery up front and running it until it needs charging or replacing, you will pay a smaller amount each time you swap the battery pack. The range will get longer over time as the battery technology improves as well. The rider advantage of this is that they will gain from the battery advances without having to trade your motorcycle in for a new model each time there’s a tech upgrade.

All in all, this looks like a triumph of reason and after two years of hammering out the details, it’s a win-win for all of the four companies and motorcyclist.

Electric motorcycles are coming, whether you are a fan or not, but things like this make their adoption just that little bit easier.

What do you think, does this mean you are more likely to hop aboard an electric Suzuki when given the chance? Let us know at news@wemoto.com or drop us a message on Facebook

Posted by Lucy England
for Wemoto News on 21 July 2021 in General News

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