Japanese battery maker ELIIY Power Co is to supply its lithium-ion starter battery to an International motorbike OEM.
The company’s HY93 lithium-ion motorcycle starter battery will replace lead-acid technology in fellow Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co for use in its CBR1000RR Fireblade SP/SP2 sport bike.
The adoption of lithium-ion batteries marks a first for Honda, which co-developed the HY93 battery with ELIIY.
ELLIY claim the 1.05kg, 12V HY93 battery can crank an engine from -10°C to 65°C.
The battery will also be available to buy in replacement aftermarket.
The company hopes the HY93 will help lithium-ion take a larger share of the starter battery market, which is currently dominated by lead-acid because of its safety record and engine starting capability at low temperatures.
The HY93 could also solve the problem of lithium-ion batteries deteriorating when charging at low temperatures.
The HY93 battery cleared Honda’s quality standards and also acquired safety certification from TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd., a global third-party testing and certifying body.
In May ELLIY adopted the TORELINA™ polyphenylene sulphide resin manufactured by Toray Industries for the battery’s case.