Piaggio set up a Consortium with Honda, KTM, and Yamaha

Syed AhadWeb Editor

06th Sep, 2021. 10:07 pm

Piaggio, an Italian scooter maker stated that it had set up a consortium with Honda Motor Co., KTM AG, and Yamaha Motor Co. to encourage the use of swappable batteries for electric motorbikes and light electric vehicles.

The Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) intends to increase the use of light electric vehicles, for instance, scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles, and support more maintainable management of their batteries.

It will focus on subjects such as battery life, recharging periods, infrastructure, and prices and will work on describing worldwide standard technical provisions for swappable batteries.

The firms in the consortium stated, they welcomed others connecting them to spread out standards to as many firms as possible.

Piaggio Chief of Strategy and Product Michele Colaninno stated that “Urban mobility is going through a delicate transition moment towards electrification. Thanks to this consortium motorbikes will keep their key role,”

Honda’s Motorcycle Operations Chief Officer Yoshishige Nomura stated that the consortium’s goals are expected to make electric motorcycles more suitable for customers, as their “use on large scale can substantially contribute to the creation of a more sustainable society”.

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