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Vitesco joins Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium for standardizing BMS

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German auto tech firm Vitesco Technologies has recently joined the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC), a grouping of global EV manufacturers to develop and promote standardized specifications for swappable battery systems.

Vitesco claims that it has entered the consortium with the focus of standardizing and industrializing battery management systems. SMBC was established in 2021 by four global E2W makers namely, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, and Yamaha. It currently has 21 members.

"As in the passenger car sector, Vitesco Technologies aims to become a leading provider of electrification solutions in the market of two-wheelers. By joining the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium, we want to help create the conditions for light motorcycles and scooters to continue to play a central role in future mobility", said Torsten Bellon, head of non-automotive product line at Vitesco Technologies.

"We focus on a wide range of different e-vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers. The main goal of our SBMC activities is to set standards for future battery management systems and to consistently industrialize them", he added.

The company has two decades of experience in the two-wheeler segment. At last year's international motorcycle trade show, Vitesco presented a system solution for 48-volt E2Ws that includes a compact electric motor equipped with high-performance inductive Rotor Position Sensor (iRPS) and the electric Drive Control Unit (eDCU), an integrated controller providing inverter and additional vehicle functions.

As far as SMBC is concerned, the consortium aims to develop common technical specifications of the swappable battery systems. It also claims to promote its common specifications towards standardization within European and International standardization bodies for interoperability, compatibility, and harmonization of the systems.

The SBMC calls upon the leverage of standardization to accelerate the electrification of light motor vehicles at global level, and promote more sustainable battery lifecycle management. This will make EV batteries more economical and affordable for customers, it adds. 

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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