TOKYO — With a view to getting more people riding electric motorcycles, four major motorcycle makers in the nation are considering a unified standard for batteries, charging stations and other facilities, informed sources said Tuesday.
Honda Motor Co., Yamaha Motor Co., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. plan to form a consultative body to discuss details about a unified standard, the sources said.
Not only automakers but also motorcycle makers are shifting toward carbon-free electric models as environmental standards are being tightened around the world.
The move by the four companies is designed to prevent many different standards from being established for charging stations and other infrastructure, which are indispensable in realizing the wider use of electric motorcycles.
Overseas makers developing electric motorcycles include India’s Hero MotoCorp Ltd. and Taiwanese startup Gogoro Inc. International competition is expected to get fueled as U.S. motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson Inc. also plans to introduce electric models.
The market for motorcycles is shrinking in Japan, chiefly because of a declining young population, while there is great demand in Asian and other emerging economies as a key means of transportation.