Piaggio partners with Honda, KTM, Yamaha to establish EV swappable batteries consortium
Italian scooter maker Piaggio has announced that it has set up a consortium with Honda Motor Co., KTM AG, and Yamaha Motor Co. to promote the use of swappable batteries for electric motorcycles and light electric vehicles.
The Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) intends to expand the use of light electric vehicles, such as scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles, and support the more sustainable management of their batteries, a joint declaration stated.
It will focus on issues such as battery life, recharging times, infrastructure, and costs and will work on identifying international standard technical specifications for swappable batteries.
The companies in the consortium said they welcomed others joining them to extend standards to as many companies as possible.
Michele Colaninno, Chief of strategy and product of Piaggio Group: "Urban mobility is going through a delicate moment of transition towards electrification. Thanks to our Consortium, representing four major global players, motorbikes will continue to play a key role in the urban context. Swappable batteries give the right answer to speed up the recharging time of vehicles offering an additional valuable choice for users. Urban mobility is part of the Piaggio DNA and history: we aim to bring all our technological know-how and attitude for innovation to the Consortium."
Yoshishige Nomura, Chief Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.: "Honda believes that the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles can play an important part in realizing a more sustainable society. For that purpose, we need to solve several challenges such as extending the range, shortening the charging time, and lowering the vehicle and infrastructure costs to enhance convenience for customers. In the consortium, we have created the founding members from the motorcycle industry and other stakeholders will work together towards standardizing swappable batteries, their charging systems, and surrounding infrastructure to create the environment for their use. Our final goal is to ensure that motorcycles will continue to be chosen as a useful method of transportation in future mobility."
Stefan Pierer, CEO PIERER Mobility AG: "The signing of this Consortium agreement is a key step in ensuring that PIERER Mobility AG, can continue to move forward, deliver innovation at pace, and advance its clear strategic vision for electric-powered two-wheelers. Together with our partners, we will work to deliver a swappable battery system for low-voltage vehicles (48V) up to 11kW capacity, based on international technical standards. We very much look forward to ensuring that powered two-wheeler vehicles maintain their role in the future of both urban and nonurban mobility."
Takuya Kinoshita, Senior Executive Officer, Chief General Manager of Land Mobility Business Operations, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.: "The Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium in Europe is finally ready to get to work. I hope that this first step forward will be a beacon that draws like-minded parties to our mission and leads to transformative changes for the future. We at Yamaha Motor are confident that through this initiative, we can help unify the differing technical specs and standards and contribute to maximizing the merits of electric power for customers around the world."