The Swappable Battery Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) received the MOTORRAD Innovation Award 2023!
The editorial committee of one of Europe’s biggest motoring press houses has awarded the Swappable Battery Motorcycle Consortium for their efforts to boost e-mobility in the powered two-wheeler markets.
SBMC’s standardising work for swappable batteries in scooters, motorcycles and other light vehicles is considered a milestone towards electrification of L-category vehicles.
SBMC representatives, Hennes Fischer (Yamaha) and Toshiyuki Asami (Honda), recently accepted the award from Uwe Seitz, the chief editor of the influential MOTORRAD motorcycle magazine, at the well-known ‘Motorcycle of the Year’ event in Stuttgart/Germany.
The editorial team quoted, that in their view, SBMC was worthy of this award due to the initiative, driven by the four core members Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha, to standardise batteries across manufacturers, creating a potential game changer for e-mobility on two wheels.
The editorial committee also mentioned that the four founding members have provided a decisive impetus and, have since then, been able to win over other companies from the motorbike, scooter and supplier industry, with their cooperation across brands.
The MOTORRAD Innovation Award is now in its fourth year, and it is the first time that an industry consortium has received the award.
The overall goal of SBMC is the standardisation of relevant components for interoperability of batteries, to achieve this purpose the consortium works with the most recognised standardisation bodies on both on European and global level.
SBMC is growing quickly and has already gained 35 members from motorcycle industry, suppliers, power companies and associations.