Japan’s Big Four Announcing Joint Effort To Standardize Electric Battery Technology

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, Japan’s four biggest motorcycle manufacturers, recently released a signed statement, which reveals that the four companies are now working together to standardizing replaceable battery technology for electric motorbikes.

Personal mobility is on track to completely forgo fossil fuel, with more and more embracing the idea of having their own electric Kawasaki bike or any other e-vehicle. Several countries across the world, including several major European countries, have already made or considered plans to ban the sale of new internal combustion engines at sometime within the next decade.

The current issue with the current technology is that their range is fairly low, even for the most expensive options, which would, ultimately, lead to higher transportation costs compared to their gasoline-burning counterparts.

Charging networks also come with their own problems, as some countries might offer extensive coverage, while some other countries might have insufficient infrastructure to cater for electric personal vehicles.

All these issues point to an inconsistency when it comes to owning an electric Kawasaki bike, and being able to reach a level of practicality that rivals, if not surpasses, the level that petrol-fuelled vehicles provide.

There have been several attempts at creating a singular network for electric motorbikes and their batties, like KYMCO’s Ionex-powered scooters, but it hasn’t received backing from other major figures in the industry.

The alliance between the four biggest Japanese manufacturers, however, will allow for the creation of a common technical base for replaceable batteries and charging stations. Their combined resources and expertise means that this particular endeavour has a lot of potential to work out, and any progress will be watched and adapted closely by the industry at large.

Press reports from Japan say that the deal will start their work small; focusing on smaller commuter electric models, equivalent to up to 125cc. This is also noted to be the first alliance outside the bounds of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, making it the first time that Japanese manufacturers have made it clear that they’re willing to work together in order to mass-produce electric vehicles and corner the market, which would make this announcement a game-changer, depending on how the alliance proceeds.