How can people travel longer distances in electric cars that often require a 3-6 hour recharge after 120 miles of use? It’s a fair point. Here’s another thought; all those Deliveroo and Uber Eats meals on Friday nights might also flatten an electric scooter battery pretty quickly, especially in winter. Maybe part of the solution is swappable battery packs for lightweight city cargo bikes and motorcycles?
Here’s the word from Honda;
The Swappable Battery Consortium for Electric Motorcycles (Consortium) has reached an agreement to standardize swappable batteries and replacement systems, allowing battery sharing and paving the way for increased adoption of electric motorcycles in Japan.
The Consortium was established by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. in April 2019, aimed at increasing the adoption of electric motorcycles in Japan. Since its inception, the Consortium has been formulating the standards for mutual-use swappable batteries and their replacement systems, as a solution to the issues preventing widespread adoption of electric motorcycles as a more environmentally friendly and convenient form of mobility – the drive range and reduction of charging time.
In order to establish the convenience and effectiveness of mutual-use swappable batteries, the Consortium has been cooperating since last year with the “e-Yan OSAKA” field tests conducted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s Electric Motorcycle Promotion Subcommittee in collaboration with Osaka Prefecture and the national university corporation Osaka University, aimed at popularizing and increasing the adoption of environmentally-friendly electric motorcycles.
IE Comment: Loving your thinking Japan. Maybe a battery cassette, bit like the Smart car engine idea, could work with small city cars? You could park up in a swap bay at motorway services, and a robot gadget would lock onto the battery compartment cover at sill level; open, locate and swap the battery, then debit your card details and slot in the freshly charged one? Just thinking out loud over a brew…