While the Italian motorcycle giant Piaggio Group introduces innovative products with its brands, it also continues its efforts for the spread of electric transportation. Most recently, Piaggio Group has become a stakeholder in an important formation for the increase in the number of light electric vehicles, the development of charging infrastructures and the formation of a lower voltage mobility ecosystem in the future. Piaggio Group accordingly; Honda Motor has signed an agreement with KTM and Yamaha to form the "Replaceable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium" (SBMC). Piaggio Group, represented by Doğan Trend Automotive in Turkey, aims to expand electric transportation in motorcycles and similar vehicles, to produce batteries with lower voltage and energy costs, and to ensure sustainability with the consortium.
Italian Piaggio Group, which includes leading brands offering models in the most preferred segments of the motorcycle world and represented in Turkey by Doğan Trend Automotive, continues its efforts for a sustainable and efficient mobility. Most recently, Piaggio Group has become a stakeholder in an important formation for the increase in the number of light electric vehicles, the development of charging infrastructures and the formation of a lower voltage mobility ecosystem in the future. In this context, Piaggio Group, Honda Motor Co. Ltd., KTM AG and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. signed the agreement for the implementation of the Replaceable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC). With the agreement, it is mainly aimed to further expand light electric vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles in the transportation sector. Within the scope of this target, it is planned to create a more sustainable life cycle management for batteries in the context of international climate policies. The importance of replaceable battery systems to be developed jointly in the development of low-voltage electrotransport is emphasized within the scope of the decisions and plans taken in the consortium.
4 goals for the future of electric mobility
With the consortium, 4 main targets are set against the concerns about range, charging time, infrastructure and costs related to the future of electro transportation. In line with these goals; 1. Developing common specifications for replaceable battery systems 2. Approving the joint use of battery systems 3. To standardize and promote the common features of the consortium in European and International standardization bodies 4. Expanding the use of the common features of the consortium to the global level will be realized.
The founding members of the consortium will be involved in the process of establishing international technical standards, working closely with relevant stakeholders and national, European and international standardization bodies. Today, the availability of charging stations varies by country and information for end users is still very limited. Therefore, with this consortium, PIAGGIO, HONDA, KTM and YAMAHA aim to engage decision makers in the development and dissemination of charging infrastructure in order to increase the number of light electric vehicles and promote their use.
Piaggio Group Strategy and Product Chief Michele Colaninno made a statement on the subject: “Urban transport is going through a sensitive period with the transition to electrification. Motorcycles will continue to play an important role in urban transport, thanks to our consortium representing four major global players. Replaceable batteries offer users an efficient solution option to speed up charging times. Urban transport is part of Piaggio's DNA and history. We aim to incorporate all our technological know-how and attitude towards innovation into the consortium.” The four founding members encourage relevant stakeholders to join the collaboration to enrich the consortium's expertise to enable future standard replaceable batteries to become widespread.
Yoshishige Nomura, President of Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said: “Honda believes that the mainstreaming of electric motorcycles is crucial to a more sustainable society. For the convenience of customers, we need to solve various problems such as extending range, shortening charging time and reducing vehicle and infrastructure costs. In the consortium we have formed, founding members and other stakeholders from the motorcycle industry will work together to standardize replaceable batteries, charging systems and all the infrastructure necessary for their use. Our goal is to ensure that motorcycles continue to be a useful mode of transportation in future transportation solutions,” he concluded. Stefan Pierer, CEO of PIERER Mobility AG, said: “This consortium agreement is an important step for PIERER Mobility AG to continue to move forward, rapidly implement innovations and maintain its clear strategic vision for electric two-wheelers. We will work with our partners to offer a replaceable battery system for low voltage (48V) vehicles up to 11 kW that complies with international technical standards. Electric two-wheeled vehicles will continue to play an important role in the future of both urban and extra-urban transportation.
Finally, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Takuya Kinoshita, Senior Chief Executive Officer, and General Manager of Ground Transportation Operations, said: “The Replaceable Battery Motorcycle Consortium is ready to operate in Europe. I hope this first step towards the future will draw other like-minded parties to our mission and we can make lasting changes for the future. At Yamaha Motor, we are confident that we can help combine the different specifications and standards for this venture and contribute to maximizing the benefits of the electric solution for customers around the world.”