KTM has announced the formation of a consortium around interchangeable batteries for motorcycles and light electric vehicles. KTM managed to negotiate with Honda, Yamaha, Piaggio. A similar agreement already exists between the Big Four manufacturers in Japan.
Why do competitors unite? Battery standardization is an important aspect for the ultimate success of the entire electric motorcycle industry. A standard battery that is equally suitable for all manufacturers’ electric bikes will create a distributed network of charging stations. Secondly, customers will not have a headache due to the zoo of batteries and their compatibility.
Among other things, the collaboration of the best minds from different manufacturers can help you move much further than if each worked separately.
Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG:
“Standardization is one of the key drivers of the future of personal transport and its electrification. For two-wheel drives with limited range, charging time and initial cost, the benefits are clear. To solve these problems and provide better customer service, a removable and replaceable battery system based on international standards would be a viable solution. Considering the entire life cycle, the widespread use of batteries that meet the common standard, recycling will be developed, as well as a circular economy. We are delighted to be part of the consortium as we strive to achieve our goals in the electric mobility sector. ”