Power Global Launches Swappable Battery For Electric Auto Rickshaws in India

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The li-ion battery module is currently available by subscription pre-order, with initial distribution in Greater Noida

Clean energy startup Power Global has introduced the eZee swappable battery for light mobility vehicles in India. The company said in a statement eZee is the company’s first mass-market product and it will offer auto-rickshaw drivers a simple, low-cost path to EV adoption.

The li-ion battery module is currently available by subscription pre-order, with initial distribution in Greater Noida.

Founded in 2019 by Romeo Power, co-founder and former SpaceX engineer Porter Harris, and international auto industry veteran Pankaj Dubey, Power Global aims to provide electric vehicle and clean energy products to global markets that have been left behind in the world’s push toward electrification.

The company’s first facility includes its battery production plant, located on the site of a former Honda Logistics India Pvt. Ltd. in Greater Noida, and its R&D lab and battery manufacturing facility in Pasadena, California, which will focus on new product innovations for electric vehicles and stationary storage applications.

As per the startup, its initial facilities position the company to easily serve neighboring markets in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Nigeria as well as other locations in Southeast Asia and Africa.

“While traditional EV products carry a high upfront cost of ownership, Power Global solves this problem through the affordable energy-as-a-service membership programme,” said the company statement.

Through this subscription service, drivers receive a swappable eZee battery module backed by Power Global’s zero-maintenance lifetime service guarantee. Drivers can either recharge the module at home or swap at Power Global’s convenient kiosks for a fully charged battery in less than a minute.

Pankaj Dubey, co-founder and CEO of Power Global India, said “While the eZee will give light mobility vehicles new life, it also represents a path to help build local economies with direct and indirect job creation, while supporting evolving regional environmental goals, such as India’s FAME II mandates.”

Porter Harris, CEO and founder of Power Global, said, “The demand that we see in emerging markets is greater than those experienced by the United States, as millions of drivers are limited by options to affordably switch to electric mobility.”

“With our team’s breadth and depth of experience, there is a major opportunity to bring affordable, high-performance electric vehicle technology to these communities to serve new markets while helping these regions improve air quality and ultimately their quality of life,” Harris added.

Following the launch of the eZee battery module, the company said it will announce its first line of Retrofit Kits to convert diesel- and petrol-fueled auto-rickshaws into zero-emissions electric vehicles. “The swappable eZee battery module will also power future product lines, including upcoming applications for second-life stationary storage and automotive sectors,” it said.

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