India is adopting a battery swap policy as part of an effort to boost sales of electric vehicles, Reuters reported. “Considering space constraints in urban areas to set up charging stations on a large scale, a battery swap policy will be introduced,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The idea is to replace the depleted battery with a new rechargeable battery, potentially saving time compared to charging. You may have heard about the idea for the first time when Tesla launching battery swapping stations in 2014, then quietly give up ideas due to non-use.
India plans to reduce “interoperability standards”, perhaps so that battery swapping technology can be used between different types and models of EVs. “The private sector will be encouraged to create innovative and sustainable business models for batteries and energy as a service, improving the efficiency of the EV ecosystem,” said Sitharaman.
Sun Mobility and Honda of India recent settings a battery sharing service in India, starting with tricycles, but still in very early stages. The idea has gained some traction elsewhere with scooters from Gogoro, recently released Its battery swap technology in China. Gogoro reported plans entered the Indian market in partnership with the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp.
India’s push for electric vehicles is a key component of the Paris agreement’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 35 percent by 2030. The country plans $6 billion in incentives for manufacturing companies. clean cars and produce batteries locally. The country has nearly 975,000 registered EVs, but only 1,028 public charging stations, according to Hindustan Times.
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