Yamaha Motor has officially announced the establishment of ENYRING GmbH, a Berlin-based company poised to collaborate with partners in delivering replaceable batteries for compact urban electric vehicles, primarily focusing on electric bikes. The innovative service will be facilitated through subscription-based models.
Scheduled to commence operations in the first half of 2025, ENYRING's initial deployment will be in Germany and the Netherlands. The company proposes a flexible battery rental system, allowing customers to swap depleted batteries for fully charged ones at various designated stations throughout participating cities.
However, the cost of battery rental and swap services has not been disclosed at this stage. Details regarding the number of stations in Berlin and the specific cities in the Netherlands where ENYRING will launch remain undisclosed.
In a press release, ENYRING outlined its commitment to sustainability, noting that batteries reaching the end of their mobility lifecycle will be repurposed. The company plans to reuse such batteries as storage units, disassemble them into cells, and recycle the materials to create new batteries. Yamaha envisions ENYRING fostering a closed-loop system, where recycled materials contribute to the development of new products.
Yamaha's involvement in the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC), alongside Honda, KTM, Piaggio, and Berlin startup Swobbee, underscores its dedication to establishing standards for interchangeable battery systems in category L electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, Yamaha already offers a similar service in Japan through Gachaco, a collaborative venture founded with Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and energy company Eneos in 2022. Gachaco provides a sharing service for standardized exchangeable batteries for electric two-wheelers, coupled with the necessary infrastructure.