Honda Motor Co has declared that it will manufacture its portable battery “Honda Mobile Power Pack e:” in India. Officially named Honda Power Pack Energy India Private Limited, this firm will also be liable for battery swapping technologies in upcoming two-wheelers from the Japanese brand.
The Japanese company has also set up a battery sharing service subsidiary in India, named Honda Power Pack Energy India Private Limited, with a capital of Rs. 135 crores. This new brand will offer battery sharing service for small mobility. Apart from accelerating the penetration of electric vehicles in the Indian market, Honda is focusing on addressing EV related issues such as limited range, long charging time, and high cost of batteries.
The firm intends to start battery sharing service for electric auto rickshaws (E-auto) from the first half of 2022 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, and expand its operations in other Indian cities in a phased manner. Subscribers can avail of the services from the nearest battery-swapping station located in the city to exchange used batteries with fully charged ones.
Interestingly, this is the same battery pack that also powers the Benly e electric scooter. The same scooter that has already spied on test near Pune in June 2021. This electric scooter has been specifically developed to cater to everyday pickup and delivery services. It is expected to be launched in India in 2022. It made its maiden appearance at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show back in 2019. The scooter is powered by an electric motor that derives its energy from Honda’s MPP comprising two 48V, 20.8Ah lithium-ion batteries.
Honda Motor is all set for the two and three-wheeler EV revolution.