Electric car drivers swap batteries to save time

Electric car drivers swap batteries to save time

Electric vehicle owners are being given the time-saving option of swapping used batteries for fully charged ones.

A Taiwanese start-up, Gogoro, came up with the concept. Drivers can replace depleted batteries at swap stations for a fee. The process only takes a few minutes.

Japan's Nissan Motor began selling electric vehicles with swappable batteries in China 2 years ago. It partnered with a local firm that runs a network of swapping stations.

Honda and electronics maker Panasonic have jointly developed a swappable battery for motorcycles.
They're planning to launch dozens of change stations in Indonesia in December for a feasibility test. Toyota is also reportedly considering introducing the technology.