Japanese lithium-ion battery and energy storage systems manufacturer Eliiy has expanded its portfolio to include motorbike batteries.
Eliiy plans to complete a dedicated production line at its plant in Kawasaki to produce the batteries as an alternative to the traditional lead-acid starter batteries.
The expansion comes as the Tokyo-based developer and manufacturer signed a deal to supply Honda with starter batteries for the automaker’s motocross bikes, which will take part in the World Motocross and All-Japan Motocross championships this year.
In the past the company has focused on manufacturing large, stationary lithium-ion batteries for homes.
In October, Eliiy announced it would boost its cell production by 40% to 1.5 million a year, following a deal with US microinverter firm Enpower in which it agreed to supply the microinverter firm with six years’ of large-size lithium-ion cells.