Honda tests solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles

Honda announced that vehicle charging stations will be part of a Japanese trail to further Honda’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions through their products.

The trail will include Honda’s electric vehicles (EVs) including the Fit and Accord, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, (PHEVs), the new EV-neo electric scooter and the Monpal ML200 4-wheel electric scooter.

A current drawback of EVs and PHEVs includes the lengthy charging times.  Honda’s Fit EV Concept can be driven for 160 km before it needs to be recharged. According to Honda, it takes less than six hours to charge using a 200-volt power source.

Honda’s PHEV model combines an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and an internal combustion engine. It can run as a fully-electric vehicle, a gas-electric hybrid, or as a gas-powered vehicle. In the all-electric mode, the vehicle can be driven 15 to 25 km before needing to recharge. Fully recharging the battery would take about 1.5 hours using a 200-volt outlet.

While it may be simple to charge an EV overnight in the garage, not everyone has a garage or access to an easily-accessible power source. Not to mention that it would be difficult to refuel in the middle of a trip. With stations that offer faster charging at higher voltages, it could allow drivers to gain full advantage of their EVs and PHEVs. Customers would be able to drive their cars for longer periods of time and go greater distances, and reduce their PHEV’s gasoline usage.

Honda will also test a communications system that allows drivers to search for the charging stations. The system will allow drivers to view how much charge the EV has left, and show a map that drivers can follow to the nearest charging station using either a smartphone or the built-in car navigation program.

[Honda]


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4 Comments

  1. jimi says:

    Better Place does have battery packs you can swap in 1 minute. Solar panels are best at your home so they are the best angle and diection to get full Sun and don’t break on your vehicle since they are glas. You’s also need at leasr 1,000 to 2,000 watts of panels at 10 square feet for each 1,000 watts.

    More ideas and vehicles are appearing every day. Let’s beat oil and pollution with products made in our home countries ,including the fuel.

  2. Orthodontist says:

    why not go for exchange of drained battery with the already charged battery . imean,in my country india,we have LP gas cylinders for cooking and once it gets empty the company sends us a refilled cylinder and takes away the empty one.we pay only for the gas.Exchange of batteries should not take more than 5 mts.What u guys say?

  3. ffinder says:

    Are the solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles that Honda is making equipt with DC fast chargers? (charging a 100 mile battery in 30 minutes?)

    Is the solar energy captured from the panels on the roofs stored in batteries that feed the charging station chargers?

    Why not connect the stations batteries directly with the electric cars somehow? Isn’t it faster to charge a battery with another battery?

    Thanks. ff

  4. Two Hondas says:

    Why not put the solar panels on the roof of the new Electric Fit? Doesn’t Honda’s Soltec group make solar panels? I realize that the initial gains might be modest but you have to start somewhere. A small compatment on the roof could hold an expandable solar collector that opens when the car is parked.

    Joe

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