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March 29, 2021

The Big 4 Japanese Brands to Offer Standardized Swappable Batteries for Its Electric Motorcycles

Electric motorcycles just got a much-needed boost as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha have all agreed to standardize its battery systems. This paves the way for motorcycles to have swappable batteries allowing for battery sharing and replacement across the big four Japanese brands.

The consortium, first established in April 2019 formulated the standards for mutual-use swappable batteries and replacement systems as a solution to issues preventing the adoption of electric motorcycles such as drive range and charge time.

This agreement is just the first step in a broader measure to increase electrification technology in motorcycles. Just last March, Honda and Kawasaki along with KTM and Piaggio have also agreed to standardize its battery systems with work beginning in May of this year.

The cooperative measures taken by the motorcycle industry in the adoption of EV technology is laudable, considering that in four-wheeled electric vehicles there are four competing standards for charging—CCS or Combined Charging System used in the Europe and US, CHAdeMO used in Japan, Tesla’s proprietary system, and a Chinese standard.

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