Vitesco Technologies joins consortium on interchangeable battery systems for two-wheelers

The Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC), founded by global manufacturers, aims to accelerate the electrification of various light vehicles

Vitesco Technologies, an innovative international manufacturer of modern powertrain technologies and electrification solutions, has joined the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC). The Consortium was founded in 2021 by four global two-wheeler manufacturing companies – Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha – and has grown to 21 members.

The consortium aims to:

  1. Develop common technical specifications of the exchangeable battery systems.
  2. Confirm general use of the battery systems.
  3. Create and promote the common specifications of the Consortium towards standardization within European and international standardization bodies for interoperability, compatibility and harmonization of the systems.
  4. Extend the use of the Consortium’s common specification to a global level.

The SBMC is leveraging the leverage of standardization to accelerate the electrification of the L-category vehicle segment at a global level and promote more sustainable battery life management. This will make electric vehicle batteries more efficient, help conserve resources and – most importantly – make them more convenient for customers.

As in the passenger car sector, Vitesco Technologies aims to become a leading supplier of electrification solutions in the two-wheeler market. By joining the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium, we aim 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, tricycles and quadricycles. The main goal of our SBMC business is to set standards for future battery management systems and to industrialize them consistently.

Torsten Bellon, Head of Non-Automotive Product Line at Vitesco Technologies

Vitesco Technologies has two decades of experience in the two-wheeler segment and can build on existing solutions from the automotive sector in developing electrified drive technologies. Among the technologies presented in winter 2021 at the EICMA – the world’s most important motorcycle exhibition – the company presented a system solution for 48-volt two-wheel electric vehicles with a compact electric motor equipped with Vitesco Technologies high-performance inductive rotor position sensor (iRPS) and the electric Drive Control Unit (eDCU), an integrated controller that provides inverter and additional vehicle functions.

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SOURCE: Vitesco Technologies

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