ENEOS Holdings Inc., Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Kawasaki Motors Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. announced that a new company named Gachaco, Inc. (“Gachaco”) will be established on April 1 to provide sharing service of standardised swappable batteries for electric motorcycle and develop infrastructure for this service. Gachaco aims to contribute to a decarbonized, recycling-oriented society by building a battery-based power supply network as infrastructure for electric mobility which all electric mobility users can use safely without worrying about running out of battery.
ENEOS aims to contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society by building a “BaaS (Battery as a Service) Platform “for electric mobility and other battery recycling systems. Through BaaS, ENEOS will provide solutions for issues in widely spreading electric mobility, such as “the hassle of long-time charging” and “concerns about running out of battery charge when going out,” from the perspective of an energy supplier.
Honda, Kawasaki Motors, Suzuki and Yamaha Motor have agreed to a common specification for a swappable electric motorcycle battery and are studying the establishment of sharing environments to spread the use of electric motorcycles as mobility that is environmentally friendly and highly convenient.
Gachaco plans to launch the sharing service in the autumn of 2022, commencing in Tokyo and other major Japanese cities, with Honda Mobile Power Pack, which meets the common specifications for electric motorcycles. Battery Exchange stations, Honda Mobile Power Pack Exchanger will be located at convenient places —such as railway stations—and at ENEOS service stations.
Gachaco will also promote the use of standardised swappable batteries for various uses in the future, such as storage batteries installed at commercial facilities and private homes, in addition to electric motorcycles. Additionally, used batteries generated by Gachaco’s sharing service will be gathered via the ENEOS-developed battery-as-a-service (BaaS) infrastructure for secondary and tertiary use, as well as recycling for cyclical battery consumption.
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