Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki & Kawasaki To Work On Battery.
One of the biggest skepticisms 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.
Unlike 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.
Some Major Points:
- This is the first time these bikemakers have joined hands to work towards a single goal.
- Working towards creating a standardised protocol.
- Taiwanese brand Kymco is also working on similar battery solutions.