At CES in Las Vegas this week, Honda has unveiled a new swappable battery pack ecosystem that powers a series of different electric vehicles and products from ATVs to mobile power solutions.
Honda describes the concept:
“The Mobile Power Pack World showcases Honda’s holistic view of how a renewable energy source can be applied to power small-sized electric mobility products, digital devices, and home appliances. As generating renewable energy does not necessarily coincide with energy demand—such as wind power generation at night when demand is low—Honda envisions harnessing surplus energy and storing it in efficient, portable batteries.”
The idea is that the battery pack, which can be configured with a capacity of “1 kWh and up,” can be installed in a portable system to provide power on the go.
Mobile Power Pack
The same core battery pack can be removed from the portable system to be charged on personal charging stations or in the “Mobile Power Pack Exchanger”, which is another concept that they unveiled.
It’s similar to what Gogoro has been doing with its electric scooter.
But the big difference is that Honda aims for the same battery pack to power several more products.
Like the 3E-D18, which Honda describes as “an autonomous off-road workhorse device utilizing AI”:
“Designed by Honda R&D Americas, 3E-D18 is outfitted with an electric-powered drivetrain and can accommodate a multitude of attachments, bringing efficiencies and increasing safety for public, commercial, and consumer enterprises, including search and rescue, fire fighting, construction, and agriculture. The 3E-D18 robotic device has the potential to minimize human exposure to dangerous environments and can perform time-consuming chores or mundane tasks.”
It’s based on Honda’s current ATV chassis, but with an all-electric powertrain and autonomous technology.
Honda Mobile Power Pack 4W-Vehicle Concept
Honda sees the same swappable battery packs powering other vehicles, like an all-electric version of the Honda Pioneer 500 side-by-side.
They can fit two battery packs in the concept.
The PCX Electric
The same concept was also adapted to Honda’s PCX Electric scooter.
Honda’s robotic division also envisioned the system powering a series of increasingly odd other products:
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