Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki discussing a possibility of making only one type of battery for future machines.

There is some bright future for electric motorcycles and scooters… somewhere. Right now, more than with big production numbers in the future, manufacturers are dealing with a bunch of different infrastructural and other questions because of which move from fossil-driven motorcycles to electric ones is not so substantial yet.

However sometime around 2025 it is expected that motorcycles with internal combustion engines will slowly but surely start losing advantage to electric bikes, firstly to scooters and bikes, used for everyday use and commuting. However, there is still a question of range that not only buyers but also manufacturers are well aware of since they know that in the future, to achieve some good sales results, it will have to grow substantially.

For major motorcycle manufacturers, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki thus (supposedly) already signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the development and production of batteries of same standards, which means one will be able to change them on ‘petrol’ stations and other stores. Such concept has previously been seen at Taiwanese manufacturer Gogoro, which uses it in Asian cities from 2015 and at Kymco, who also uses similar concept. One might thus actually think, that their idea was to attract other manufacturers into their system.

To conclude: while electric motorcycles and scooters are arriving on the market with slow pace, in the background, there is a big race among manufacturers to bring their own standard for batteries and charging points as the winner will win big time.

April 6, 2019 Driving

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