Japanese consortium agrees on standardized swappable batteries for e-motorcycles

The Swappable Battery Consortium for Electric Motorcycles, a joint project of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, has reached an agreement to standardize swappable batteries for electric motorcycles in Japan.

Since its 2019 inception, the Consortium has been formulating standards for mutual-use swappable batteries and their replacement systems, in order to encourage the adoption of electric motorcycles. To establish the convenience and effectiveness of mutual-use swappable batteries, the Consortium has been cooperating with the e-Yan OSAKA field tests conducted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s Electric Motorcycle Promotion Subcommittee.

The Consortium will now conduct technical verification based on common specifications, parts of which are compliant with the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan Organization technical paper TP21003. The Consortium will work together with the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association toward international standardization.

“This agreement for the standardization of mutual-use batteries is an achievement made possible through the four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers working together over the past two years,” said Noriaki Abe, Honda Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, and Consortium Representative Secretary. “While we will continue cooperation to build an environment allowing battery mutual-use based on our agreement, we will also be competing with each other to develop attractive products that meet the needs of our customers.”

Source: Honda