It would work similarly to Gogoro’s exchange system for scooters.
India plans battery swap as solution for fast charging of electric vehicles
Reuters reports that India is looking to boost electric vehicle sales by introducing a battery swap system. “Considering the lack of space in urban areas for setting up charging stations on a large scale, a battery swap policy will be introduced,” said India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The idea is to replace exhausted batteries with freshly charged ones, which could save time compared to recharging. You may have first heard of this idea when Tesla introduced battery swap stations in 2014, but then discontinued them due to lack of use.
India plans to reduce “interoperability standards,” presumably so the technology can be used to swap batteries between different electric vehicle makes and models. “The private sector is encouraged to develop sustainable and innovative business models for batteries and energy as a service to improve the efficiency of the EV ecosystem,” Sitharaman said.
India-based Sun Mobility and Honda recently launched a battery-sharing service in India, starting with three-wheeled vehicles but still in a very early stage. Elsewhere, the idea has already gained some traction with scooters from Gogoro, which recently launched its battery-sharing technology in China. Gogoro is reportedly planning to enter the Indian market in partnership with the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp.
India’s push into electric mobility is a key element of its commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions by up to 35 percent by 2030. The country plans to offer $6 billion worth of incentives to companies that build clean vehicles and manufacture batteries locally. According to the Hindustan Times, there are nearly 975,000 registered electric cars in the country, but only 1,028 public charging stations.