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INDUSTRY-WIDE SWAPPABLE BATTERY DEAL

Yamaha has joined Honda, KTM, and Piaggio to set up a swappable batteries consortium for motorcycles and light electric vehicles.

In the context of the Paris climate agreement and the transition to electromobility, the consortium’s founding members believe that the availability of a standardised swappable battery system would both promote the widespread use of light electric vehicles and contribute to more sustainable life-cycle management of batteries used in the transport sector.

Also, by extending the range, shortening the charging time and lowering vehicle and infrastructure costs, the manufacturers will try to answer customers’ main concerns regarding the future of electromobility.  

The aim will, therefore, be to define standardised technical specifications of this swappable battery system for L-category vehicles — mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles, starting its activities in May 2021.

Commenting on this intiative, Yamaha’s chief general manager of motorcycle business operations Takuya Kinoshita said: “The creation of this consortium holds great significance not just for Europe but the world as we move towards establishing standards for swappable batteries for light electric vehicles. I’m confident that through work like this, the technical specs and standards will be unified, and, in the future, will help lead towards maximising the merits of electric power for customers on a global level.”

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