Battery swap war is heating up around the world for electric motorcycles and scooters
KYMCO is making a game for the king of the battery swap hill, signing up to two other electric motorcycle makers for its Ionex battery swap system.
Battery exchange networks are starting to become a clear favorite of urban light electric vehicles.
While commuter motorcyclists and electric scooters may prefer to park and charge in their garages, most drivers in densely populated cities don’t have that luxury.
Street parking usually means a lack of charging infrastructure, hence the need for removable and / or replaceable batteries.
Battery swap networks like KYMCO’s Ionex system allow riders to connect to one of the many charge / swap stations spread across a city and simply swap an empty battery for a new one.
KYMCO has just announced that it has signed on the manufacturers Super SOCO and FELO Technologies. Together, the group will create new electric motorcycles and scooters designed around KYMCO’s Ionex battery platform.
KYMCO President Allen Ko announced the new partnership at the 2021 Beijing International Motorcycle Show, saying:
âWith the founding members Super SOCO and FELO Technology joining the strategic electric alliance of KYMCO, we have more diverse talents and expertise to work on the innovations of new products, technologies and services which will ultimately bring enormous values âânot only to each individual member brand, but also to consumers. in the whole world. It is a strategic alliance with a significant objective. “
Super SOCO manufactures a wide range of electric motorcycles and scooters, from retro-inspired 100 km / h motorcycles to urban electric scooters.
FELO Technologies offers more modern and performance-oriented electric motorcycles.
Super SOCO CEO Sherman Xie praised KYMCO’s progress in electrification when discussing the new deal:
âKYMCO, as an internationally renowned global brand, is the pioneer in the electrical transformation of two wheels. We are delighted to be a member of the alliance to bring our knowledge and expertise in design and creativity while using the cutting edge technologies embedded in the Ionex open energy platform to create the models of leisure and classics that match our ‘Cool and Fun brand spirit’. “
While this marks a major breakthrough for KYMCO’s Ionex battery standard, the company still has a long way to go to catch up with the Gogoro Network battery exchange platform.
Gogoro’s interchangeable battery standard predates KYMCO’s by several years and is currently the largest battery exchange network in the world.
In Taiwan, home to Gogoro and KYMCO headquarters, runners can choose from more than 2,000 exchange stations. Runners in Taipei are never more than one kilometer (0.6 miles) from an interchange station.
There, exchange stations are also used to reduce the price of Gogoro scooters, which are purchased with Gogoro retaining ownership of the batteries. The resulting reduced price lowers the barrier to entry for cyclists who wish to switch to electric scooters and motorcycles.
Gogoro has also just announced major agreements with Indian manufacturer Hero (the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer), as well as with Chinese manufacturers Yadea (the world’s largest manufacturer of electric two-wheelers) and DCJ (the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles). largest two-wheeler manufacturer in China).
These deals give Gogoro access to massive markets in India and China, or more than a third of the world’s cyclists.
However, KYMCO does not appear to be taking this news as expected and is moving forward with its own agreements to see its standard gain wider adoption.
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