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Consortium expands

There’s still a question over how motorcycles can easily transform from petrol to battery electric power. One possible solution remains the idea of a common, interchangeable design of quickly-swappable battery packs shared amongst all electric bike makers. The industry set up a consortium to examine the issue back in 2021, and at a meeting in Austria this summer, it announced growth from the four founding members to a total of 21 member firms.

The original startup members were Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha, but they’ve now been joined by another 17 firms. The new members are a mix of small, largely unknown firms as well as some much bigger household names like Samsung and Suzuki. The full membership is now AVL, Ciklo, Fivebikes, Forsee Power, Hioki, Honda, Hyba, JAMA, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, Niu, Piaggio, Polaris, Roki, Samsung, Sinbon, Sumitomo Electric, Suzuki, Swobbee, Vitesco, VeNetWork (Atex, Fantic, Motori Minarelli) and Yamaha.

There’s not much in the way of concrete progress from the SBMC’s press release. But with all those names on board, it seems fair to hope that there’s something on the way soon.

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