Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki will now share batteries.
People may be fans of a special motorcycle manufacturer, they may have an emotional attachment to them. Many people like Honda while many like Kawasaki. In Pakistan however, people (bikers) are usually fighting over their favorite motorcycle brand. Internationally, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki will now share batteries. Here is how it will work.
Electric vehicles are becoming a global phenomenon. Unlike Pakistan, global electric vehicles are of much premium quality and have the latest technology. They are equipped with powerful motors and high back-up lithium-ion batteries. Many Japanese players are now stepping into the EV market and this is definitely the future of mobility.
EVs have one major issue, their batteries can not be charged within minutes like petrol is filled in a motorcycle fuel tank. This issue is persistent among all EV automobiles and it’s one of the biggest hindrances in moving from conventional vehicles to modern electric vehicles. Many companies have tried expanding the range but this issue still exists. There is a solution to it and that is Swapable batteries. The swapable battery-sharing company has been created in Japan by the Big Four, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki. Gachaco is the name of it, and it was created in 2019.
In addition to the Big Four, the Japanese oil firm ENEOS has invested heavily in Gachaco. It controls 51% of the company, leaving Honda with 34% and the other three with 5%. It is not surprising that Honda’s Mobile Power Pack was selected as the battery for this purpose.
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As of now, the swappable battery service appears to be the most practical way to recharge electronic two-wheelers. Simply walk into the station, exchange the dead cell for a charged one, and leave. The Big Four’s association will, however, be able to construct the necessary infrastructure with relative ease. The fact that the vehicles would use standard battery packs also means that they would be essentially similar, despite having different designs and a few different features. But being swapable battery, it will be more convenient.
Gachaco is currently only available in Japan, but it won’t be shocking if a comparable technology eventually appears on the European market as well. It will take some time before Gachao makes an appearance in Asian markets.