Battery swapping is now at the heart of the EV’s growth. The government itself must launch the battery exchange policy which must establish common standards for companies for ease of use. Private companies are also doing their part to popularize battery-swapping technology.
Sun Mobility, based in Bengaluru, in which the German engineering company Bosch has invested, is one of the country’s pioneers in battery replacement.
In line with its expansion, Sun Mobility today announced the launch of its Electric Vehicle Battery Swap Network in Mumbai, Maharashtra, in collaboration with Amazon India. The first set of stations will be located at Amazon’s Mumbai and Pune sites, and across Sun Mobility’s plans to deploy more than 2,000 battery change points in Maharashtra by 2025.
Earlier this year, Amazon and Sun Mobility worked together to expand the deployment of battery-swap technology-integrated EVs to delivery fleet operations. Amazon, for its part, has committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2040.
Sun Mobility and Amazon are working on rolling out electric vehicles for last mile delivery and creating Sun Mobility-operated exchange points for them on Amazon websites. There are currently more than 200 vehicles deployed using Sun Mobility’s exchange solutions for Amazon’s Delhi-NCR and Bangalore delivery operations, covering more than 12,500 kilometers daily and recording more than 1,250 daily exchanges.
Various exchange points are also being commissioned on different Amazon sites in Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
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Aaditya Thackeray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Maharashtra, said: “Today’s announcement by Sun Mobility launching its battery swap operations with Amazon in Maharashtra is another step towards achieving our goal of clean mobility in the state.”
Abhinav Singh, Director – Customer Service, Supply Chain and Global Expert Service, Amazon India said: “In line with our climate commitment, we are committed to sustainably building a fleet of 10,000 EVs across our transportation network by 2025. Our collaboration with Sun Mobility is another step towards building this fleet and empowering it with industry-leading battery-swapping technology.”
Sun Mobility has strategic partnerships with Indian Oil, Amazon and OEMs such as Piaggio, Omega Seiki, Hero Electric and Greaves.
Sun Mobility plans to establish more than 2,000 exchange points in Maharashtra by 2025, supporting more than 2,000,000 two- and three-wheel electric vehicles and expects to register more than 3,00,000 exchanges per day. This infrastructure is expected to create over 3,000 direct employment opportunities and support over 2,00,000 self-employed/fleet EV users.
EV operations supported by the Sun Mobility Swap PointTM network are expected to reduce vehicular CO2 emissions in the state by 3,00,000 tonnes per year. Outside of this expansion, Sun Mobility plans to deploy over 100 exchange stations in Mumbai itself and followed by Pune this financial year (FY22-23). This network will support over 4,000 EVs (2W and 3W for freight and passengers) in these two cities using Sun Mobility’s battery-swap technology.