Sun Mobility plans to set up to 100 battery swapping stations
In a boost to India’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure network, Sun Mobility plans to set up the first batch of its battery-swapping stations for electric two and three-wheelers across the country.
Sun Mobility will deploy test stations in the field in the next couple of months since the technology has been developed. In the last quarter of this year, it will put around 50 to 100 of them. The stations, which use modular batteries suited to the entire gamut of EVs, will be set up at existing bus depots across the country,in northern India to cater to e-rickshaws and in southern India to charge electric two-wheelers.
Sun Mobility will also partner with two and three-wheeler original equipment manufacturers soon to make their electric vehicles compatible with its proprietary Internet of Things-enabled battery packs, credited with developing India’s first electric car Reva. Through a network of swapping stations named Quick Interchange Stations (QIS), it aims to reduce the costs of owning an electric vehicle by adopting a battery-swapping model, where users pay only for the energy stored in the battery, not the battery itself which accounts for almost a fourth of the cost of an EV.
The company is also building a ‘Smart Network’ to connect its batteries and swapping stations to end-users through a mobile application in partnership with Microsoft Corp.’s India arm. Using Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, the smart network will allow SUN Mobility to identify locations to set up its stations, track battery health and optimize it in real time, in addition to helping users track battery charge levels and identify the nearest QIS, among other features.