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07/09/2021

Senior representatives of Honda, KTM parent Pierer, Piaggio and Yamaha have officially signed an agreement to create the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC). This follows letters of intent exchanged at the beginning of March this year.  

In a joint statement, they said: “Committed to the promotion of widespread use of light electric vehicles and to more sustainable life-cycle management of batteries in the context of international climate policies, SBMC founding members believe that the availability of commonly developed swappable battery systems is key to the development of low-voltage electromobility. The underlying aim is to find solutions to the concerns customers may have regarding the future of electromobility, such as range, charging time, infrastructure and costs.

“By working closely with interested stakeholders and standardisation bodies, founding members will be involved in the creation of international technical standards. The availability of charging stations varies between countries and there is still limited information for end users. Therefore they aim at engaging decision makers for the development and deployment of charging infrastructure. 

“The founding members encourage all interested stakeholders to join the cooperation to enrich SMBC’s expertise in order to ensure a large diffusion of standard swappable batteries in the future. Parties who are interested to join SBMC can contact one of the founding members for further information.”

Pictured left to right, SMBC agreement signatories were: Takuya Kinoshita (chief general manager, land mobility business operations, Yamaha Motor), Yoshishige Nomura (chief officer, motorcycle operations, Honda Motor), Stefan Pierer (chief executive, Pierer Mobility) and Michele Colaninno (chief of strategy and product, Piaggio Group).