The research experiment will take place in West Java and Bali Provinces and Kuta sub-district in December 2018
Honda Motor and Panasonic have announced plans to conduct a research experiment on battery sharing using the Honda Mobile Power Pack detachable mobile battery and electric motorcycles in Indonesia.
The Mobile Power Pack is expected to solve issues such as range and charging time. The two companies will install charging stations at several dozen locations, which will charge multiple units of the Mobile Power Pack simultaneously and supply fully-charged Mobile Power Packs to users at any time. Users 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.
Honda and Panasonic have also jointly developed the Information and Communication Technology (ITC system) that will have centralised control over the operational status of the Mobile Power Pack .
In order to meet all requirements to conduct the experiment, Honda, Panasonic and Tokyo’s Pacific Consultants have agreed to establish a joint venture company in Jakarta under the name Pt. HPP Energy Indonesia.
Honda and Panasonic will carry out the research experiment benefitting from the knowledge and expertise each one has developed through years of experience. Honda sells more than 20 million motorcycles and automobiles per year globally with increased exposure to e-mobility while Panasonic has experience in the development of high-efficiency and high-quality batteries. Pacific Consultants will be responsible for overall arrangements including on-site surveys and coordination with local companies.
The research experiment will be subsidised by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) under the theme of a “research experiment of mobile battery sharing as distributed energy resources”.