Thanks to BPCL and Bounce Infinity, petrol stations in ten Indian cities will soon offer battery swaps for electric vehicles.
Battery switching will soon be available at 3,000 petrol stations in ten Indian cities.
Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is rapidly growing in India as more people buy them. Bounce Infinity and BPCL have teamed up to offer battery-changing services at 3,000 gas stations across ten Indian cities as part of a new initiative. This will allow EVs with swappable batteries to quickly replace a drained battery with a new one and get back on the road.
Bounce Infinity, a local EV player, confirmed the move on Monday. The company will develop battery swapping infrastructure at BPCL fuel stations in ten cities in collaboration with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd BPCL. The project would begin in Bengaluru and subsequently be phased out to other metro areas. The project will result in the establishment of 3,000 battery switching stations.
In India, Bounce Infinity sells the E.1 electric scooter, which has a replaceable battery. The corporation must then provide the setting for a quick battery replacement for its consumers on the road. Bounce said the battery switching station will also serve its partners, for both two-wheelers and three-wheelers, in its future plans.
The company hopes to increase the adoption of electric vehicles with removable batteries, which have a clear advantage over those with permanent batteries. While the latter requires at least an hour of charging time, a swappable battery can easily be exchanged for a new one when it runs out of juice. This cuts down on the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle. In the event that there isn't a line at the station, the battery can be replaced in a matter of minutes.
Another advantage is that, in comparison to EV charging stations, battery swapping stations take up very little area. Each vehicle must be parked near a charger for around an hour at a time at the charging stations. There is no need for a battery switching station when a small warehouse with charged batteries can serve many rows of electric vehicles at once.
The technology is suitable for India, and it has boosted the use of e-rickshaws and other electric three-wheelers there. It even allows for the construction of a low-cost EV class. Because fixed battery EVs require a large battery for a long-range, the cost of production rises in proportion to the battery size. There are no such limitations with a smaller battery that can be switched for a new one.
The Indian government recognizes this, as the NITI Aayog has released a draught Battery Swapping Policy aimed at increasing the usage of electric vehicles and battery swapping stations in India. The ultimate goal is to increase the usage of electric vehicles and reduce the use of internal combustion engines and their accompanying pollutants. In India, swappable batteries appear to be the preferred method.
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