Electric Taxis with Switchable Batteries Tested in Japan

Three electric taxis with replaceable batteries began service recently in Tokyo. They are participating in a 90 day trial to test the practical issues arising from real world service in a huge city. The taxis are available on the first floor of the Roppongi Hills center.

Three vehicles is certainly not a large number in a city with 60,000 taxis and 13 million people. However, the rollout is being tested and managed very carefully due to the newness of the technology. Battery swapping for electric vehicles is actually quite different from conventional fuel options. For one thing, the batteries reportedly can be changed in 60 seconds. To see a battery change and battery storage facility watch this video:

The Tokyo test is meant to demonstrate that taxis in cities all over the world could use this technology to reduce local air pollution. New York City has over 50,000 for-hire vehicles. Hong Kong has over 18,000 taxis. Even if half of these vehicles in the future are replaced with, or converted to electric, air pollution could be reduced significantly.

Better Place is the company responsible for the battery-switching technology and taxi conversion from gasoline to electricity. They plan to launch electric vehicle battery switching and charging networks in Israel, Denmark and Hawaii in the near future.

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Interesting. Thanks.

Kath R.
Kath P6 years ago

This is such good news. I congratulate Better Place for coming up with this easy to use, functional technology.

Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat7 years ago


Antoinette Reyes
Antoinette R7 years ago

great news hopefully this idea spreads rapidly

Elec Mathieu
Elec Mathieu7 years ago


Maniksidha Bhambure

I hope it comes to India as early as possible.

johan l.
paul l7 years ago

I can only see advantages emanating from this technology.
Once the bugs have been ironed out like howmany places you can have the batteries exchanged, howmuch the range is on one battery, and what the additional cost might be!
Hopefully the large countries like the US and China get involved soon!

Stephanie A.
Stephanie A.7 years ago

I think this is a great start. And the more alternative energy sources we support the better.. Stephanie Alt MS http://www.of2minds.com/