Japan’s Big Four to begin testing replaceable batteriesSeptember 11, 2020
In April 2019, the big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers formed a consortium to work on replaceable battery technology for electric two-wheelers. The first results have appeared.
Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki are embarking on a large-scale demonstration test this month in collaboration with Osaka Prefecture and Osaka University. The new system, called “e-Yan Osaka,” provides electric two-wheelers for students and staff at the University, which they use in their daily activities, as well as charging stations for them. As part of the trials, technicians will set up charging stations, monitor how everything works together, and address issues as they become available.
Given that avid Honda electric two-wheelers have probably already heard of Benly’s failed projects: E or PCX Electric, scooters previously developed by Big Red, it’s unclear if this will affect the Consortium as a whole. The group is trying to analyze usability, utility, and how a generic specification might work in the real world.
The question of which two-wheeled vehicles will be involved is an interesting one. Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki seem to have brought electric scooters to the party, and Kawasaki seems to have finally moved ahead with the Concept J, hinting over the years that it may not go to the dustbin of forgotten concepts. Recall that since the publication of the promotional video in 2018, we have not heard or seen about this concept until now.
If this is the real thing that Kawasaki is really working on at the moment, then the new model will definitely stand out from all the other electric offerings on the market – and all the remaining team members will turn green with envy, experts say.
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