Honda and Panasonic have announced plans to conduct a research experiment in Indonesia on battery sharing using the Honda Mobile Power Pack detachable mobile battery with electric mobility products, including electric motorcycles powered by the mobile pack.
The two companies are planning to begin the research experiment in December 2018. This research experiment will be conducted as one of the projects subsidized by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) under the theme of a “research experiment of mobile battery sharing as distributed energy resources”.
In addition to environmental benefits, the Mobile Power Pack and mobility products powered by it are expected to contribute to solving issues such as range and charging time and provide a boost to the widespread use of electric mobility products.
The two companies will install charging stations at several dozen locations, which will charge multiple Mobile Power Packs simultaneously and supply fully-charged packs to users at any time. Users of electric mobility products who experience a low battery level can stop at the nearest charging station and exchange their Mobile Power Pack for a fully-charged one and get back on the road.
In order to fulfill requirements to conduct this research experiment, Honda, Panasonic and Pacific Consultants signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company in Jakarta, Indonesia, called HPP Energy Indonesia.