In early March this year, it was announced that KTM, Honda, Yamaha and Piaggio had formed an alliance to jointly develop a quick-change battery specification for electric vehicles. Unlike Honda, which seems to have jumped on the train at the last moment, the KTM with their Freeride E-XC is no stranger to the market. But the production of batteries is another matter.
On March 16, 2021, the German business publication WirtschaftsWoche (which translates as “Business week”) reported that the German manufacturer of chemical power sources Varta is entering the field of electric transport. We are well acquainted with this brand both as a manufacturer of batteries and as one of the top brands of starter batteries for motorcycles and other vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Until now, their interest in the field of electric transport has not been heard, but it seems that they just prepared for a long time before the final jump on the same notorious electric train. On March 17, Varta and KTM issued a joint press release on the partnership to develop a battery platform for a two-wheeled electric vehicle. Their main target segment is 48-volt motors with a peak power of about 20 kW.
But the partnership is not limited to battery development. On the contrary, KTM and Varta are planning to develop a full cycle of batteries, from the moment they are installed on a motorcycle until they are scrapped. The main task of the partnership agreement, of course, is the declared development and creation of batteries, but they will also accept used batteries for recycling, and most importantly, they will develop ways to recycle used devices.
Considering the growth in the number of electric vehicles around the world, the issue of recycling their batteries is very urgent. Putting it on the agenda now, at the start of joint work, KTM and Varta will certainly spur innovation in this segment. Recycled solutions are becoming more and more important these days, especially when it comes to rare earth metals and other expensive components, because in addition to depleting the world’s discovered deposits of rare elements used in batteries, they turn from a valuable resource into hazardous pollutants in landfills. environment.