Honda thinks they’ve solved electric motorcycle charging

Honda has unveiled their new battery exchange station, the Honda Power Pack Exchange e (HPPEe).

Honda has big plans to electrify its motorcycle division in the coming years, and part of that plan is to ensure that customers can keep their bikes charged. To achieve this, Honda has partnered with a large group of manufacturers to standardize interchangeable batteries for motorcycles and scooters. And the place Honda wants you to change these batteries is the Honda Power Pack Exchange e.

The all-new HPPEe will first be deployed in Japan and India, where interchangeable battery signatories, including Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki, will be able to sell their bikes alongside the new infrastructure. Honda’s standardized battery version is the Honda Mobile Power Pack e (HMPe). However, many expect the battery system to make its way into other Asian markets where two- or three-wheeled transportation is the norm.

The HPPEe is a scalable solution for changing batteries. Each “cabinet” can hold and charge 12 batteries (HMPPs) at a time, while the cabinets can be hooked together to provide more batteries for high-demand locations. The process of changing batteries is intuitive. Customers place their dead battery in the exchange (HPPEe), use a designated RFID card to unlock a charged battery, and then place the charged battery in their vehicle.

Each battery has a capacity of 1.3 kWh and has a suggested retail price of 88,000 yen ($601), according to Honda’s Japanese website. Different numbers of batteries can be used in different motorcycles/scooters, allowing manufacturers and customers to decide how much capacity they need.

In Honda’s announcement of electric motorcycles earlier this year, they planned for numerous motorcycles to come to the US and Europe. However, it is unclear whether the company plans to introduce battery change stations in these locations as well. In all likelihood, these stations would not be available due to the much smaller demand for motorcycles in western countries. Instead, Honda and other manufacturers would strive for fast charging capabilities to meet customer needs.

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Honda thinks they’ve solved electric motorcycle charging

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