Piaggio, Honda, Ktm and Yamaha announce the official agreement for the foundation of the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (Sbmc) for the diffusion of electric vehicles, starting from the development of interchangeable batteries.
“With the aim of promoting the large-scale diffusion of light electric vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, motor tricycles and quadricycles, and encouraging a more sustainable management of the battery life cycle in line with international climate policies – yes reads in a joint statement – the founding members of the Consortium believe that the development of low-voltage electric mobility is fundamentally dependent on the availability of swappable battery systems, designed on the basis of common specifications’.
The Consortium therefore aims to solve the problems concerning autonomy, recharge times, infrastructure while pursuing four main objectives: development of common techniques for interchangeable battery systems, verification of the possibility of sharing battery systems, definition and promotion of the common specifications of the Consortium to be proposed as a standard to the bodies of European standardization and international and extension of the adoption of the Consortium’s common specifications at a global level.
“The availability of charging stations varies between different countries, and the information available to end users is still very limited – continues the press release – Piaggio, Honda, Ktm and Yamaha have decided to found the Consortium precisely to encourage responsible decision makers. the development and implementation of the charging infrastructure and promote the adoption of light electric vehicles».
“The urban mobility he is going through a delicate moment of transition towards electrification – he explains Michele Colaninno, Chief of strategy and product of the Piaggio Group -. Thanks to this Consortium, in which four protagonists are represented, leading companies in the market, motorcycles will continue to play a key role in the urban context. The interchangeable batteries provide an optimal response for accelerating vehicle recharging times, offering users an extremely interesting alternative ».