Four of the largest Japanese manufacturers are to jointly consider launching standardised replaceable battery tech for electric motorcycles in a potential game-changing move for the industry.
Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha have formed a consortium to consider launching standardised batteries and replacement systems as part of plans to boost the popularity of electric bikes.
The consortium will also study issues such as battery range, charging times and the cost of rolling out charging stations or a network of facilities for bike users to drop off batteries and pick up replenished units.
In 2018, Honda launched its PCX Electric scooter with a 96V EV system made up of two serially-connected 48V lithium-ion batteries. Honda also formed a partnership with General Motors to develop next-generation batteries for pure electric vehicles.