Battery trade war intensifies around the world for electric motorcycles and scooters

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KYMCO is playing the role of king of the hill of battery swapping, signing two other electric motorcycle manufacturers for its Ionex battery swap system.

Battery swap networks are starting to become a favorite for urban light electric vehicles.

While riders of commuter motorcycles and electric scooters may prefer to park and charge in their garage, most drivers in densely populated cities do not have this luxury.

Street parking usually means a lack of charging infrastructure, hence the need for removable and / or exchangeable batteries.

Battery swap networks like KYMCO’s Ionex system allow riders to go to one of the many charging / swap stations spread across a city and simply swap an empty battery for a new one.

KYMCO has just announced that it has signed with the manufacturers Super SOCO and FELO Technologies. Together, the group will create new electric motorcycles and scooters designed around KYMCO’s Ionex battery platform.

President of KYMCO Allen Ko

KYMCO President Allen Ko announced the new partnership at the 2021 Beijing International Motorcycle Show, saying:

“With the founding members Super SOCO and FELO Technology joining KYMCO’s strategic electric alliance, we have more diverse talents and expertise to work on new product, technology and service innovations that will ultimately bring tremendous values ​​not only to every business. 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 more efficient electric motorcycles.

Electric motorcycle FELO FW06

Super SOCO CEO Sherman Xie praised the progress of KYMCO’s electrification during discussions on the new agreement:

“KYMCO, as an internationally renowned global brand, is the pioneer in the electrical transformation of two-wheelers. 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 built into 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 swappable battery standard predates KYMCO’s by several years and is currently the largest battery swap network in the world.

In Taiwan, the headquarters of Gogoro and KYMCO, cyclists can choose from over 2,000 interchange stations. Runners in Taipei are never more than one kilometer (0.6 mile) 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 drivers 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 the huge markets of India and China, more than a third of the world’s runners.

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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