Made In India Honda Batteries Can Be Swapped At Charging Stations For Uninterrupted Travel
India’s EV space is witnessing a revolution. Every day we are hearing news of some company taking some decision of joining the EV revolution. And now it’s the turn of Japanese giant Honda to make a move to embolden the EV revolution.
Honda establishes new subsidiary to enable battery swapping
According to recent news, Honda has established a new subsidiary in India named as Honda Power Pack Energy India Private Limited. It will provide battery packs for small mobility in the country. This firm will also be responsible for battery swapping technologies in upcoming two-wheelers from the Japanese brand
The company has been registered in Bengaluru whereas Kiyoshi Ito has been appointed as its MD. It has been set up with a capital of Rs 135 crores. As of now, Honda Motor Japan owns a 100% stake in the subsidiary. The new company is Honda’s subsidiary for its battery sharing service in India.
The company is seeking to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles in the country by addressing three key issues electric vehicles are facing. Limited range, Long charging time, and High EV battery cost. With its new subsidiary, Honda is looking to solve these problems. Notably, the company will start offering the battery sharing service for electric auto-rickshaws (E-auto) from the first half of 2022 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The company plans to expand the service’s availability and operations to other Indian cities too in a phased manner.
These swappable batteries will save time wasted in charging
The Japanese auto giant has branded the all-new portable and swappable batteries as ‘Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) e:’. Subscribers of this service will be able to swap to exchange Honda Mobile Power Pack e: batteries for fully charged ones at a swapping station in the city.
This new service aims to help drivers save time by eliminating the need to wait for charging their EVs, thus allowing them to get back on the road quickly. It should be noted that these batteries will be made in India only.
Honda noted the new subsidiary will also collaborate with automakers that want to adopt Honda’s new made in India batteries into their vehicles. The subsidiary will offer the requisite technical information for interface to interested parties.
It should be noted that this is the same battery pack that also powers the Benly e electric scooter. The scooter has already been spied on test near Pune earlier this year. It has been specifically developed to cater to everyday pickup and delivery services. It is still not available to everyday users. We might be able to see it in the market in July next year.