The Japanese Big Four collaborate on electric motorcycle standards

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Apr 2019

Word has come from Japan that Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha are joining forces to work out various standards for electric motorcycles. That’s big news, and makes plenty of sense.

The Big Four will put their collective heads together to standardise batteries, charging and electrical infrastructure. The main goal is to promote electric mobility in Japan, which will have a knock-on effect for the rest of the world.

Battery swapping could be an easy solution to range anxiety and having a unified battery and charging system would mean riders can pull into a charging station, swap their depleted battery for a fully charged one and continue on their way. As quick or thereabouts as a traditional refill then.

By standardising batteries and charge systems across the entire electric range from the big four, we could see electric two wheelers rapidly become a significant urban transport option for frustrated commuters.

Both Honda and Yamaha have dabbled in the EV field, with electric dirt bikes coming from each and Honda has experienced with electric racing bikes via Mugen at the Isle of Man TT. We’d be surprised if Kawasaki and Suzuki haven’t at least had a go at electrification as well. Combining know-how could help bring electric motorbikes and scooters to market much faster.

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