Yamaha to offer battery swapping for e-bikes

Yamaha Motor has founded the ENYRING GmbH. The new company is based in Berlin and will work with partners to offer replaceable batteries for compact urban electric vehicles, mainly electric bikes, through subscription services.

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ENYRING will begin operations in the first half of 2025, initially in Germany and the Netherlands. Customers can rent batteries for their vehicles through ENYRING and swap empty ones out for full ones at “any of the swappable battery stations installed throughout a city at any time.” The company does not mention how much it will cost to rent and/or swap the batteries. It is also not sure how many stations there will be in Berlin and in what cities in the Netherlands ENYRING will kick off its operations.

Batteries that are no longer suitable for mobility will be “reused as storage batteries, disassembled into cells, recycled, and reused as new batteries,” the company writes in its press release. The goal, says Yamaha, is that ENYRING will “create a closed loop in which recycled materials are used as resources toward creating new products.”

Yamaha is already part of the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC), which wants to define standards for interchangeable battery systems for use in category L EVs. Other members are Honda, KTM, Piaggio and the Berlin startup Swobbee.

Moreover, Yamaha offers a similar service in Japan. Together with Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and energy company Eneos, it founded Gachaco in 2022. The company provides a sharing service for standardised exchangeable batteries of electric two-wheelers and corresponding infrastructure.



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