July 23, 2024

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FICCI suggests battery swapping model for EV

battery swapping model for EV

 Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in the latest update noted to encourage the eco-mobility in the country, specifically for the two and three wheeler categories. FICCI suggests the battery swapping model for EV.

It suggested the Battery Swapping model of charging under the FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) scheme of Department of Heavy Industry.

FICCI suggests the battery swapping model for EV

The Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India, FICCI noted that battery swapping should be supported under the FAME II scheme to motive the use of electric vehicles, especially for two-wheelers and three-wheelers. It has given a detail position paper for battery swapping technology.

EV charging infrastructure-Battery swapping 

The FAME II policy released in March 2019, there are some things that can be altered for better results. There are some demand incentives and subsidies for creating an EV charging infrastructure.

 battery swapping model for EV

The position paper noted that in a battery swapping, a fully-charged battery ( lithium-ion battery) replaces the depleted one at a swapping station in just a few minutes. This reduces the time to charge electric vehicles (EVs). It benefits to two and three-wheeler categories especially.

Companies working to install battery swapping stations

The companies such as Sun Mobility led by Chetan Maini, Gurgaon based Exicom Power Solutions and 22 Kymco alliance between Twenty Two Motors Pvt. Ltd and Taiwan’s Kymco Global are working for installing battery swapping stations across the selected cities.

Sun Mobility

According to Sun Mobility, co-founder and vice chairman, they have secured almost around 10 partnerships and working with different vehicle categories manufacturers and fleet operators to supply battery solutions specifically made as per the requirement with providing them a network of battery swapping stations.

“We have moved from technology development stages to commercial deployment. We have been working with multiple OEMs across the ecosystem including two-, three-wheelers and the buses. We are seeing gradual deployment, one-by-one,” Maini said.

The company is presently working with the Ashok Leyland for its all-electric buses. It provides swap solutions also to SmartE’s fleet of electric three-wheelers and is also working with Pune-based Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd to co-develop business model for electric three-wheelers.

Exicom Power Solutions

Exicom Power Solutions Vice president, Priyank Agarwal says that they have received an order to set up 120 battery swap stations in Delhi NCR in next 18 months mainly for electric two- and three-wheelers.


22Kymco with its recent launch iflow electric scooter is planning to set up about 240 swap stations (and fast charging units) in 6 cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata by March 2020.

“Our infrastructure is to help in EV adoption and remove range anxiety from consumers’ mindsets,” said Allen Ko, chairman, Kymco.

Ola Electric Mobility

Ola electric recently announced to bring one million EVs on Indian roads by 2022 and install battery swapping stations.

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