Research into an experimental vehicle battery sharing programme is set to begin in Indonesia in December 2018 under the aegis of Honda Motor Co. and Panasonic Corporation. Located in Bandung City in West Java Province, Denpasar City in Bali Province and Kuta subdistrict in Badung Regency in Bali Province, the programme allows e-bike users to swap batteries at selected locations.

Honda and Panasonic are collaborating to build several dozen charging stations, subsidised by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Multiple batteries, or Mobile Power Packs, will be charged at these stations and users with low batteries can stop and swap their battery for a fully-charged unit.

As the third largest motorcycle market in the world, Indonesia has been facing mounting problems with traffic congestion and vehicle emissions and it is hoped that electric vehicles will alleviate some of these issues. The project will be managed by joint-venture company Pt. HPP Energy Indonesia with on-site surveys and local coordination performed by Pacific Consultants.