The Swappable Battery Motorcycle Consortium, or SBMC, is a collaborative group of manufacturers working on the development and standardization of battery-swapping technology for electric two-wheelers, aiming to enhance user convenience and accessibility. Recently, the SBMC has unveiled the first prototype of its battery design.
Established in 2021, the SBMC initially consisted of KTM, Honda, Yamaha, and the Piaggio Group. Currently, the Consortium includes approximately 32 motorcycle and component manufacturers such as Suzuki, Triumph, Kymco, CFMoto, Samsung, Keeway, and Kawasaki. In 2022, the SBMC reached a significant milestone by creating its first prototypes of swappable batteries as part of the refinement and specification validation process.
While the prototype design has been revealed, the next phase of prototyping is scheduled for 2024. During this phase, trial testing will be conducted in collaboration with battery manufacturers, swapping station providers, and OEMs. In addition to the battery-swapping technology, the SBMC is actively engaged in discussions regarding cybersecurity and data protection. It is anticipated that the standardized battery pack will enter production within the next few years.