Motor Co. announced that it has begun sales of the Honda Power Pack Exchanger
e: battery swapping station in Japan, with the first unit delivered to Gachaco
Inc., a battery sharing service joint venture.
(In India, through
its local subsidiary, Honda Power Pack Energy India Pvt. Ltd. (HEID), Honda has
already started a battery sharing service for electric tricycle taxis
(“rickshaws”), using Honda Power Pack Exchanger e:.)
began operation of the first mass-production model of the Honda Power Pack
Exchanger e: in Japan. Honda is striving to realise carbon neutrality for all
products and corporate activities Honda is involved in by 2050. Electrification
of mobility products, which is indispensable to achieve this goal, has three
challenges that need to be addressed: short range, long charging time and high
battery cost. By addressing such challenges with swappable batteries and their
sharing service, Honda is striving to contribute to the acceleration of
electrification and expansion of the use of renewable energy.
Power Pack Exchanger e: is a battery swapping station that simultaneously
charges multiple units of Honda Mobile Power Pack e: (MPP e:) and enables
smooth battery swapping for users of electric motorcycles and other mobile
products equipped with MPP e:. The users will have access to fully-charged MPP
e: whenever needed at battery swapping stations in the city, which enables
efficient use of electrified mobility products without waiting for the
batteries to get charged.
as a battery infrastructure which can achieve widespread use inside and outside
of Japan, Honda Power Pack Exchanger e: features an exterior design that blends
in well with the cityscape and adopts the Honda Power Pack Cloud system that
centrally manages all information necessary for a battery sharing service
operation in the cloud.
Honda pursued the convenience and user-friendliness for both battery sharing
service businesses and the users of electrified mobility products.
offering the products and operating system for customers who are interested in
battery sharing, Honda will continue supporting electrification of their
mobility products and contributing to the realization of a low-carbon society.
Key features of
Honda Power Pack Exchanger e:
¦Simple and smooth
the higher and lower slots are designed to have an angle that makes it easy to
insert or remove the battery.
Exchanger automatically begins charging when the battery is put in the slot.
swap batteries, the user taps the panel on the upper part of the Exchanger with
their IC card (integrated circuit card or smart card) for user authentication,
ensuring a high level of security.
on the user’s mobility product information (such as the number of batteries,
and other conditions such as a series or parallel connection of batteries)
associated with the preregistered user ID, the Exchanger determines and lets
the user know which fully-charged batteries are appropriate for the user via
LED display, which enables smooth swapping.
Ease of use, ease of maintenance and ease
information necessary for the operation of the battery sharing service, such as
the charge status of each of battery at the station, information on battery
availability and the operational status of the station, is consolidated and
managed centrally by the Honda Power Pack Cloud system.
users can complete the entire process, from user registration to finding
stations, swapping the batteries and making payments, through the same system.
In addition, using a smartphone, the users can search real-time information
about batteries available for renting, which contributes to smooth battery
battery sharing businesses can manage and operate their service efficiently by
managing the status of their stations and batteries centrally in the cloud.
Honda Power Pack Exchanger e: features a structure that makes it possible to
perform routine maintenance and cleaning tasks with easy access from the front.
Honda Power Pack Exchanger e: is equipped with a battery cooling function to
suppress the heat-induced degradation of batteries.
¦Multiple units can
be connected and installed as one station:
increase the number of batteries the station can manage and operate
simultaneously, multiple units of Honda Power Pack Exchanger e: (“extension
unit”) can be connected per one main unit (“control unit”) of the Honda Power
Pack Exchanger e:, offering flexibility to accommodate the needs of the users
and operators of the battery swapping station.
swapping even during a power outage:
case the power supply to the Honda Power Pack Exchanger e: is interrupted due
to a power outage or any other reason, the Honda Power Pack Exchanger e: will
continue renting batteries to users while drawing power from the pre-charged
MPP e: in one of the slots.
¦Design that blends
in with the cityscape:
installation in various locations throughout the city, Honda Power Pack
Exchanger e: was designed with the main concept of “blending into public
spaces,” realizing an unimposing cabinet design that looks like one unit even
when multiple units are connected.
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