Honda has taken on the same idea at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, showing a range of products that operate around a standardised rechargeable battery pack.
Back in October the firm revealed its production-spec PCX Electric scooter (pictured above), with two removable batteries under the seat.
Now it’s shown how those batteries – dubbed ‘Mobile Power Packs’ – can be incorporated into life and shared with other machines.
The firm has revealed a range of devices using the same batteries, from a side-by-side ATV (the ‘Mobile Power Pack 4W Vehicle Concept) to an indoor device that basically wheels you around in a sitting position (the catchy-named 3E-B18). There’s also an autonomous four-wheeled buggy – the 3E-D18 – intended as a workhorse vehicle for companies and even emergency services to use in places too dangerous for humans. And of course there’s the PCX Electric scooter.
All the vehicles use various numbers of the same battery pack just like so many existing gadgets use multiple ‘AA’ batteries to provide different levels of power.
There’s even the idea to use the batteries as simply a portable power supply – the ‘Mobile Power Pack Charge and Supply Portable Concept’ – which looks a bit like the wheeled shopping basket your granny uses, only in white and silver, not tartan.
And then there’s the most important part of the whole idea; the Mobile Power Pack Exchanger Concept.
This is basically a vending machine for fully-charged battery packs. Slide your empty one into one slot and, presumably after you’ve swiped a credit card, it will dispense a fully-charged replacement. The idea is that they can be positioned, like vending machines, on street corners anywhere in the world.