Japanese motorcycle firms agree on EV standard

Japan's four main motorcycle manufacturers are one step closer to getting the electric models they have in development on the road. They've agreed on a standard design for swappable batteries.

Honda Motor, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Suzuki Motor and Yamaha Motor are all working on zero exhaust-emissions prototypes.

As part of the details announced Friday, riders will be able to swap out batteries at exchange stations nationwide.

The power packs made by all four firms will share the same durability and safety features, and identical weight.

Honda Motor's Mihara Daiki says "The electrification of motorcycles is an inevitable trend for the industry. Japan's four firms have about a 50 percent share of the world market. I believe our collaboration will benefit consumers."

Tokyo's metropolitan government has set a target to end sales of new gasoline cars by 2030, and gasoline-powered motorcycles five years later.