Four motorcycle OEMs form new swappable batteries consortium

Piaggio, Honda, KTM and Yamaha form the founding members of the new consortium.

Piaggio – the Italian two-wheeler brand, is said to have set up a new consortium with Honda Motors, KTM AG and Yamaha Motors.

Dubbed the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC), the project aims to encourage/boost the use of swappable battery technology and set up common technical specifications for the same. The consortium also aims to promote the increased use of light electric vehicles such as mopeds, motorbikes, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles.

According to a statement released, the consortium will also work on finding solutions to customer concerns regarding light electric vehicles. This includes range, charging time, infrastructure and costs.

Further, the four founding members of the consortium will also engage with various decision-makers, to help create an international set of technical standards for swappable battery systems and light electric vehicles.

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