Honda has started selling its battery exchange station, the “Honda Power Pack Exchanger e:”, with the first unit delivered to the Gachaco battery sharing joint venture and already in operation.
The Gachaco joint venture was formed earlier this year between Honda, Eneos Holdings, Kawasaki Motors, Suzuki and Yamaha Motor, and aims to provide a standardized exchangeable battery sharing service for electric motorcycles.
The battery change station can charge multiple units of the Honda Mobile Power Pack e: (MPP e:) at the same time and has its own battery power supply so that it can continue to charge and rent batteries in the event of a power outage or emergency.
Honda Power Pack Exchanger with Expansion UnitsSource: Honda
To change batteries, users only need to tap their IC card on the top part of the device for user authentication. The device then uses an LED display to warn the user which fully charged batteries are suitable for use.
In addition to deliveries to Gachaco, Honda has also supplied the Exchanger to its Indian subsidiary for use with electric tricycle taxis.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne journalist who has been writing about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His favorite means of transport are his feet.