Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki And Kawasaki Working Together On Battery Technology
The first time these bike makers have joined hands to work towards a single goal “Battery Technology”. Working towards creating a standardised protocol. Taiwanese brand Kymco is also working on similar battery solutions. One of the biggest scepticisms that electric mobility faces are range anxiety. Intra-city mobility has not been a big cause of concern, but you cannot venture to cities afar with the current tech. The big four from Japan, that is Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki, have joined hands to form a consortium to tackle this issue. The brands intend to develop common tech for swappable batteries.
Major Description Of Battery Technology.
The four biggest Japanese factories are setting up a common technical base for replaceable batteries and charging stations. The target is rather obvious; it’s a race to set global standards and obviously, four of the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers working together makes for a force to be reckoned with. It’s one thing going up against Gogoro, or even KYMCO, but who would dare compete against the collective resources of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha? For most smaller manufacturers, designing compatible batteries should sound like the best idea, taking advantage of the big boys’ networks.
According to Japanese press reports, the deal will initially focus on small commuter electric models, equivalent to engine capacities up to 125 ccs. The same reports note that this is also the first ever attempt to set up a workgroup outside the confines of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Other specification of Battery Technology
The other specification of fossil fuel-powered vehicles, where refilling fuel takes a few minutes, one would need to charge the batteries for nearly an hour to clock some reasonable mileage. This gave birth to the idea of swappable batteries. Kymco was the first to work on a similar solution wherein you could reach dedicated touch points and swap out your depleted battery for a fresh fully-charged one. This is exactly what the consortium will be basing their research on as well.
As a result, it is likely that we would get to see common battery technology as well as packaging. This would help shift the focus towards making electric mobility solutions uniform between the four brands. Plus, each one of the four brands can now tackle the performance bits to their liking without worrying about the battery tech.
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