Vitesco Technologies joins the consortium of motorcycles with interchangeable batteries

Vitesco Technologies enters the consortium with the objective of standardizing and industrializing battery management systems.

Vitesco Technologies, an innovative international manufacturer of modern drive technology and electrification solutions, has joined the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC).

The The consortium was created in March 2021 by four global players in the manufacture of two-wheelers – Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha – and grew to 21 members. They include Piaggio Group, KTM, Suzuki, Polari, Foresee Power, HYBA, Five, Hioki, NiU, Sinbon, Swobbee, Roki and Sumitomo Electric.

The Consortium aims to:
– Develop common technical specifications for interchangeable battery systems.
– Confirm current use of battery systems.
– Develop and promote common specifications of the Consortium towards standardization within European and international standardization bodies for interoperability, compatibility and harmonization of systems.
– Expand the use of the Consortium’s common specification globally.

The SBMC uses the leverage of standardization to accelerate the electrification of the L-Class vehicle segment globally and promote more sustainable battery lifecycle management. This will make electric vehicle batteries more economical, 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 provider of electrification solutions in the two-wheeler market,” says Torsten Bellon, non-automotive product line manager at Vitesco Technologies. “By joining the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium, we want to help create the conditions for lightweight motorcycles and scooters to continue to play a central role in future mobility. We focus on a wide range of different electric vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, three-wheelers and four-wheelers. The main objective of our SBMC activities is to establish standards for future battery management systems and to industrialize them in a consistent way.

Vitesco Technologies has two decades of experience in the two-wheeler segment and can draw on existing solutions from the automotive sector in its efforts to develop electrified drive technologies. Among its technologies showcased at EICMA 2021 – the world’s largest motorcycle show – the company showcased a system solution for 48-volt two-wheel electric vehicles that includes a compact electric motor equipped with a position sensor Vitesco Technologies’ high-performance inductive rotor system (iRPS) and Electric Drive Control Unit (eDCU), an integrated controller providing inverter and additional vehicle functions.