Electric motorcycles are evolving at an accelerating pace, and what’s more, infrastructure is starting to form around them. So, on August 12, Continental Engineering Services entered into a cooperation agreement with the German manufacturer of chemical power sources Varta to work together on a pilot project – in the field of batteries for electric vehicles, of course.
CES is the research and development division of Continental and will work with Varta on a compact 48-volt electric scooter battery, roughly equivalent to a 125 cc petrol.
The required power is approximately 10kW, but more may be required. Two relatively lightweight and compact batteries will provide a range of approximately 100km, which is enough for most urban riders for an entire day or even a few.
The situation varies from market to market, but in general, the most popular urban class in the world is motorcycles and scooters with a working volume of 125-150 cubic meters, so that the equivalent of such power is the goal of the project. In general, power and range are the main problems facing the developers of electric vehicles. Many of the models produced are either equivalent in power to 50cc mopeds, or are something powerful and expensive, such as the Zero, Energica and Harley Davidson electric bikes.
Varta V4Drive battery
The Varta V4Drive lithium-ion battery weighs only 9 kilograms and can be charged separately from the scooter. But even more importantly, the very standard of these batteries is scalable, that is, an unlimited (in theory) number of such batteries can be connected to the scooter without conflict, and the system will efficiently use the energy from them to operate the scooter.
Of course, the number of batteries installed will depend on the design of a scooter or motorcycle that is compatible with this standard, but in general, the conditional 10 kilograms per 50 kilometers of travel is not so bad. To certain limits, of course. It is not yet clear if V4Drive has anything to do with Varta’s already concluded partnership with KTM. Orange has yet to announce anything about e-scooters, but their sister company, Husqvarna, is expected to launch ePilen soon. Given the shared technological base of KTM and Husqvarna within the parent brand Pierer Mobility, we can safely assume that everything KTM does automatically becomes available to Huske.
So what we know so far: Continental and Varta are working on a standard for high-capacity, compact and scalable batteries that can be charged separately from the electric bike and installed in multiples. We also know that Varta and KTM are working together to develop the complete life cycle of EV batteries – from design to recycling, sustainably and sustainably.
Is there a connection between these processes? We’ll find out sooner or later!