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Taiwan: Start Of Electric Battery Swap Stations for Motorcycles

16
January
2012
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Ecology Electrical
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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One of the biggest drawbacks people see in electric motorcycles is the perceived range before you need to recharge the bike. Despite the fact that most people when commuting ride small distances, and more and more electric motorcycles and scooters now manage to hold their charge for 100 miles or so, people still want to be able to quickly "tank" up electricity. Quick charge stations still require a minimum of 10 minutes to see you on your way, which is too long in todays high-speed society.

The government of Taiwan has recognized this problem, and since they have many vehicles on the road (an estimated 14 million on their small island) generating a lot of pollution, they are trying to do something smart about it.

Taiwan Electric Charging Station
The government are subsidizing Battery Swap Stations for motorcycles and scooters. They are putting in place 60 such stations that allow you to ride up (or maybe push up if you ran out of juice), swap your battery in seconds, replacing it with a fully charged one, and off on your merry way in a matter of seconds.

They also plan to place at the disposal of their citizens 600 electric motorcycle free of charge (that's money charge, not electrical charge - sorry a pun), which people can use. Currently the free electric motorcycle program will run in two major cities, but hopefully this will spread to other parts.

Battery Swap Stations are not a new idea. Israel (the first ever in the world), Japan, Denmark, Australia and China are already experimenting with the system (Source Open link in a new window), and other countries are looking into it, but this is the first large scale operation. Unfortunately, most are geared towards electric cars.

So, if electric motorcycle battery swapping stations were implemented where you live, would you go for an electric motorcycle?

Via: Focus Taiwan <- Green Autoblog



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