On October 25, 2022, Honda officially introduced its new charging and changing station system for removable batteries. It’s called Honda Power Pack Exchanger e:, and is designed for use with Honda Mobile Power Packs, which the company introduced way back in 2021. The first HPPEe: will be used by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as it promotes the distribution of electric motorcycles in the city.
The HPPEe: has also been delivered to Gachaco, the new battery exchange company that brought together Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki in March 2022. The new charging hub units for Honda Mobile Power Pack e:battery packs will also be used in India, where the packs will power electric three-wheel rickshaw taxis. A local Honda subsidiary named Honda Power Pack Energy India Pvt. Ltd. will facilitate its use in this market.
On the customer side, the process seems relatively simple. Users receive a chip card with which they communicate contactless with the HPPEe:station. They can then insert their dead battery into an open slot and remove a fully charged battery from another slot.
Each battery slot has an angled design to facilitate both ease and speed of insertion and removal for users. In addition, Honda says that used batteries placed in the stations are automatically charged – the user does not need to do anything but plug in the used battery.
On the operator side, Honda says management of all key functions will be handled by the Honda Power Pack Cloud. This system takes care of important things such as battery charge status, battery location, user registration and payment. In addition, the HPPEe: stations integrate battery cooling functions to prevent the damage to battery cells that can be caused by excessive heat.
If an operator notices that its location is very popular and needs more Honda Mobile Power Pack e: availability for its customers, there is good news. Honda has made its Power Pack Exchanger e:stations chainable so that more than one unit can be linked together to function as one megastation. Think of them a bit like LEGOs, where they can be connected together to create a larger structure if needed.
So far, the official Honda website for the Power Pack Exchanger e: station lists only power connections configured to meet Japanese and Indian specifications. While it appears likely that Honda will roll out such stations in other markets, the company has not announced those plans as of October 2022. At this point, we don’t know when (or if) such a rollout will take place, but we’ll be sure to update you. keep it as soon as we have more information.