The Honda ‘EM1 e:’ is a swappable battery scooter capable of a neat 40km range, and designed for short, clean hops about town. She’s also Honda’s first electric two-wheeler for the EU, where we imagine this battery system will do very well for itself.
There is, of course, the other side of the argument – that a network as convenient as the Big Four’s swappable battery system could push out use of plug-in electric machines.
While there’s room for that argument to hover, there’s no denying the money to be had in places like London, Paris and Berlin.
“By leasing batteries, a huge initial outlay is avoided for EV buyers, while the vexed problem of residual values, bedevilled by a big question mark over battery life, is eliminated…and when this problem goes, the advantages look formidable,” explains a report from Forbes.