Vitesco joins Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium
Vitesco Technologies, formerly Continental Powertrain, a manufacturer of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions based in Regensburg, Germany, has joined the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC). }
The consortium was established in 2021 by four global players in two-wheeler manufacturing – Honda, KTM, Piaggio, and Yamaha – and grew to 21 members.}
The consortium aims to:}
- Develop common technical specifications of the swappable battery systems.
- Confirm common usage of the battery systems.
- Make and promote the consortium’s common specifications towards standardisation within European and International standardization bodies for interoperability, compatibility, and harmonization of the systems.
- Expand the use of the consortium’s common specification to aglobal level.
The Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium calls upon the leverage of standardisation to accelerate the electrification of the L-Category vehicle segment at a global level and promote more sustainable battery lifecycle management. This will make electric vehicle (EV) batteries more economical, help preserve resources and – more importantly – make them more convenient for customers.
“As in the passenger car sector, Vitesco Technologies aims to become a leading provider of electrification solutions in the market of two-wheelers,” says Torsten Bellon, head of non-automotive product line at Vitesco Technologies. “By joining the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium, we want to help create the conditions for light motorcycles and scooters to continue to play a central role in future mobility. We focus on a wide range of different e-vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers. The main goal of our SBMC activities is to set standards for future battery management systems and to consistently industrialize them.”