SUN Mobility, the provider of universal energy infrastructure and services, has installed its first electric vehicle (EV) battery swap station in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The same has been installed in collaboration with Amazon India.
The battery swap station will start serving EV fleets and standalone EVs (generally e3Ws) used in logistics and delivery operations. SUN Mobility has plans to set up 2,000 battery swap stations in Maharashtra during the next 18 to 36 months.
A total of 100 battery swap stations will be set up in the State by the end of the ongoing fiscal. Mumbai, Pune and Nashik are some of the cities that the company is focusing on installing EV battery swap stations this fiscal.
Responding to a question by Mobility Outlook, Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and Chairman, SUN Mobility, said the pricing model of the battery swap station services will be different for fleet owners and standalone EV users. “Depending on the prices of electricity prevalent in the area the cost of a single battery swap will be approximately around INR 50 to 55,” he said.
SUN Mobility will be offering the battery swap services in battery-as-a-service (BaaS) and Mobility-as-a-service models (MaaS).
Amazon, on the other hand, has set a target of including at least 10,000 EVs in its logistics fleet by 2025. Abhinav Singh, Director, Amazon India shared that the company is on its path to achieve the target of deploying 10,000 EVs by 2025. The company is also exploring options to include smaller e4Ws in its fleet.
The SUN Mobility team highlighted that their battery swap tech is compatible with e2Ws, e3Ws and small e4Ws. Anant Badjatya, CEO, SUN Mobility said it only takes two minutes to swap a battery using the SUN Mobility battery swap stations.
“The solutions that we have go all the way from electric scooters to small electric four-wheelers. We can use one battery for a scooter, two- for three-wheelers, three for loaders and in future, we could go with four batteries for a four-wheeler loader. The same infrastructure can be used for that,” said Maini.