• Honda Pioneer 500 EV and Electric PCX Scooter Can Swap Battery Packs (CES Debut)

    Honda Pioneer Mobile Power Pack 4W-Vehicle Concept
    Honda Pioneer Mobile Power Pack 4W-Vehicle Concept

    Honda debuts this side-by-side all electric UTV concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. This utility vehicle is based on the Honda Pioneer 500 platform and feature four swappable and rechargeable batteries that Honda calls – Mobile Power Pack. Electrification of all kinds of trucks and utility vehicles is inevitable, and Honda is showing an interesting concept that has to do with batteries that can be easily replaced.

    We use cameras, drones, power tools, and other devices with easily swappable batteries, so why not have your utility truck have the same ability? Honda illustrates this point by showing an all-electric PCX scooter.

    Honda PCX scooter

    While the Honda Pioneer concept uses four of these batteries, the scooter uses two (see the image below). Electric driving range and recharge times are still a concern for consumers. The easily swappable batteries aim to eliminate or reduce this concern.

    Honda also showed an autonomous robotic ATV 3E-D18. This Honda Utility concept also uses the same Honda Mobile Pack batteries.

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    17 thoughts on “Honda Pioneer 500 EV and Electric PCX Scooter Can Swap Battery Packs (CES Debut)

      1. I wish someone, maybe Tesla would automate the exchange of batteries on their cars. You could pull into any one of their 8500 stalls across the US and a machine interchanges the battery. Be like swapping propane tanks, so you never actually have to own the battery, just the initial buy and you swap batteries for the life of the car after that. A small fee can be introduced into the swap out but new battery tech may prove that fast charging only takes a few seconds. Too many new ideas out there so commitment is scary. These electric Utes are going to be a great idea for commercial and industrial plants. The mines up North here have 200,000Lb underground loaders that are electric and they have an automated arm that swaps the battery pack. Changes mining a lot as they can go deeper now because they need less ventilation with no diesel fuel so the drifts are made smaller which makes them stronger to have a smaller hole underground and they mine upwards now once the get to the ore body because the loaders drive up empty and recharge with a loaded bucket on the way down to the ore pass.

        1. Yeah, but who foots the bill for pulling dying battery packs out of circulation? How do you feel when you go in for a pack swap and the pack you receive leaves you stranded on the side of the road 3/4 of the way to the next station because it’s old?

        1. What world do you live in? It’s often cheaper to buy a new electric drill with two batteries and a charger than it is to buy just a pair of replacement batteries.

          1. And why do you think that is? Are you familiar with how razors work?

            The company takes a hit on the drill+battery combo and makes their money back on the individual batteries. Once third parties start making batteries, it’s anybody’s game.

            1. That’s kinda the point. Replaceable batteries aren’t always as good as they sound. And in something like a vehicle with no standards in place for size/connections… 3rd parties may never join

    1. Great work, Honda. I’d be interested in checking these concepts out in person, however, that is probably unlikely. I would like to know more and see them in action.

    2. I keep telling the grandkids that the same switch that turns the lights on can be used to turn them off.
      When they are here I always have to check the garage door at night to make sure it is closed.

      I have to make sure they have plugged in their phones/tablets to their chargers at night.

      This is all proof they would plug the car in after borrowing it.


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