The Japanese manufacturers will join forces to develop together electrical solutions on two wheels and especially scooters for starters. With this cooperation, the four major Japanese manufacturers are seeking to accelerate the passing of electric motors to their gammes and to propose common-standardized solutions, which will in turn enable the market to be more quickly boosted to Electricity.
For years now we have seen in the salons various proposals from Japan with electric motors, as prototypes, from scooters, motorcycles, three-wheeled, four-wheeled, etc., but eventually, none of them comes into production. Honda introduced the electric PCX for its domestic market as a “warm-up”, while other electric scooters are also available from the other Japanese companies, but rarely cross the oceans to reach other continents.
Yamaha has been making some efforts in this direction in Japan and Taiwan, but on a small scale so far, while other manufacturers from Asia show great mobility, with the most serious effort being made by Kymco. BMW has successfully placed on the market a high-spec, high-end scooter, the BMW C-Evo, which leads this category and Piaggio recently made its first step with Vespa Elettrica, with subsequent moves being in the program.
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The Japanese manufacturers continue to show their distrust and dystocia on the subject, something that is not the case in the car industry, for example. Honda has stated since last year that by 2025 all of the cars will be plug-in electric.
This seems to change since at the beginning of April a communication was published, entirely in Japanese and not translated into English, as if there was a problem or the cartel had to be not made public. This communication states that the four Japanese manufacturers will join a consortium to develop common technologies around electric mobility.
The four companies in Japan state that they want to focus their efforts on the interchangeable battery technology. For them, it is the best solution to meet the needs of users on a daily basis. Kymco first announced this solution (Ionex system) and now the Japanese seem to move in its footsteps.