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Honda to Begin Battery Sharing Service for Electric 3Wheeler Taxis in India in the First Half of 2022
The Service to make use of Honda Mobile Power Pack e: portable and swappable batteries
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Honda Mobile Power Pack Exchanger e: (planned mass-production model) and an electric 3 Wheeler
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced plans to begin a battery sharing service for electric 3-Wheeler taxis in India, in the first half of 2022, using the Honda Mobile Power Pack e: (“MPP e:”), Honda’s all-new portable and swappable batteries.
There are more than 8 million units of auto rickshaws in India, and they have been an essential means of daily transportation for people. “In urban areas, these rickshaws are powered mainly by CNG (compressed natural gas) and have been a key challenge for electrification. Electrified mobility products currently available in the market are facing three issues: short range, long charging time and high cost of batteries. In order to contribute to India’s effort to accelerate electrification and expand the use of renewable energy, Honda will work to eliminate these three issues through the use of swappable batteries and by sharing such batteries. To this end, Honda will start a battery sharing service for electric rickshaws, using MPP e: in the first half of 2022.” The company said in statement
In consideration of this new business, Honda began demonstration testing in India in February 2021, with 30 units of electric rickshaw taxis driven for a total of more than 200,000 km in operation. Through this testing, Honda identified issues to be addressed and verified business viability.
Minoru Kato, Chief Officer, Life Creation Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. noted “Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) has huge potential to electrify all kinds of devices including small-sized mobility products and expand the use of renewable energy. By offering a battery-sharing service in India, Honda will contribute to the accelerated electrification of rickshaws and expanded use of renewable energy. Moreover, Honda will continue serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential by further expanding the utilization of the MPP into broader areas.”
Honda’s battery sharing service will enable rickshaw drivers to stop by at the nearest battery swapping stations being set up in the city and swap a MPP e: with a low remaining charge for a fully-charged MPP e:. The use of this service will significantly reduce driver concern about running out of batteries as well as the risk of losing business opportunities with customers while waiting for rickshaw batteries to be charged.
To begin this service, Honda will establish a local subsidiary in India to conduct a battery sharing service business. The subsidiary will install a number of Honda Mobile Power Pack Exchanger e: as battery swapping stations and conduct battery sharing service in the city. Honda will work with electric rickshaw manufacturers and begin the service in selected cities first and then expand to other areas in stages.
Honda Mobile Power Pack e:
Honda Mobile Power Pack e: (MPP e:) is a portable and swappable lithium-ion battery capable
of storing a large amount of electricity, more than 1.3kWh, which is an increase from the previous version of the MPP. The MPP e: also features body and handle designs reflecting the thorough pursuit of user friendliness and excellence in handling by incorporating user feedback Honda obtained through demonstration testing.
- High versatility: In addition to mobility products, MPP e: can be utilized as a power source for a broad range of compatible devices.
- High durability: By considering heat dissipation during continuous discharging, deterioration due to high temperature is prevented, and sufficient water resistance, vibration resistance and shock resistance are ensured under the expected normal operating environment.
- Data utilization: The built-in control unit recognizes the conditions of the MPP e: and records the occurrence of all events. This data will be collected through the connector while MPP e: is charging and then utilized for the battery sharing operation and other secondary uses.
External dimensions (mm)
Approx. 5 hours
Country of production
India (MPP e: for the battery sharing service in India)