As explained by Honda’s press release, the consortium aims to define the standardised technical specifications of swappable battery systems for vehicles belonging to the L-category, which includes mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. In addition, founding members of the group will also be working closely with interested stakeholders, as well as national, European and international standardisation bodies in the development of the system’s international technical standards.
The introduction of a swappable battery would enable ease of use and obtainability for future vehicles released by consortium members. This also allows riders to have backups at the ready, and is particularly handy for instances such as the lack of nearby charging stations. Furthermore, thanks to its compatibility across different makes, users would not need to specifically seek out a certain brand’s service centre in order to change batteries or buy backup units. With this, the power source is also likely to be available at third-party and consortium authorised workshops as well as stores in the foreseeable future.
As exciting as this sounds, it will still take some time until we see such electric-powered motorcycles and other L-category vehicles on the road. The new consortium will only begin activities in May 2021, and Honda added that invitations to join their initiative have also been sent out to other manufacturers.
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