Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and Honda Motor have joined hands to set up battery swapping stations for electric vehicles at the state-owned oil firm’s petrol pumps. HPCL and Honda Power Pack Energy India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co Ltd (Honda), launched their first ‘e:swap’ station at HPCL’s petrol pump in Bengaluru on August 6.
With the fast adoption of environment-friendly EVs that run batteries charged by electricity, infrastructure to either charge such vehicles or provide facilities to replace discharged batteries with fully charged ones are being set up across the country.
The swapping station at HPCL’s Old Airport Road outlet will cater to e-3 wheelers at present.
HEID President and CMD Kiyoshi Ito said that HEID would focus on three actions – expanding its battery swap network in Bengaluru, ensuring reliable service with a highly integrated system monitoring every unique battery and exchanger, and supporting vehicle manufacturers who are developing EVs that utilize Honda Mobile Power Pack.