SUN Mobility will provide electric vehicles battery swapping infrastructure to 500 SmartE electric 3-wheelers across NCR in Phase 1
Electric vehicles (EV) solutions provider, SUN Mobility has partnered with SmartE, India’s EV fleet operator to deploy energy infrastructure to support the latter’s growing EV operations.
Talking about the tie-up, Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartE, said that the partnership underscored the company’s commitment to making the last-mile commute easier, safer, affordable and eco-friendly. He added, “SUN Mobility’s Interoperable Smart Mobility solution will enable us to rapidly scale up our vision without having to worry about the energy infrastructure.”
SmartE plans to roll out 100,000 vehicles by 2022 to help reduce close to a million tonnes of carbon emissions.
SUN’s solutions at SmartE’s hubs
The collaboration will enable SmartE’s fleet of electric three-wheelers to make use of SUN Mobility’s solution and deploy at SmartE’s Park and Charge Hubs across the Delhi-NCR. The field trials for this solution were successfully concluded in Gurugram last week and the partnership will see SUN Mobility scaling the battery swapping infrastructure over the next 3 months to support 500 electric three-wheelers in Phase 1.
Clean public transport
The two companies, with their respective expertise in product and solution development, are aiming for an affordable and zero-emission last mile connectivity for the NCR region. The joint effort is mainly to address India’s growing need for clean public transport solutions and the overall EV adoption in the country.
SUN Mobility’s Lithium-ion Smart Batteries can reduce the weight of the three-wheeler EV by 100 kg, which accelerates mileage and pickup. The Quick Interchange Stations enable the drivers to swap their batteries within two minutes. The pilot results have shown a spike in the revenue as drivers are able to operate the vehicle for 40 per cent longer range as compared to the conventional Li-Ion battery-based vehicles and 80 per cent more in comparison to the conventional Lead-Acid battery-based vehicles.
Uday Khemka, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of SUN Mobility, said, “E-rickshaw drivers not only worry about making ends meet but also about saving money to replace lead-acid batteries every 6-9 months. Our pay-as-you-go solution ensures that the 1.5 million e-rickshaws plying on the roads today and the eleven thousand that are added every month are affordable and make economic sense for the drivers.”
SmartE has an ongoing partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and delivers nearly 80,000 rides to commuters daily. It has recorded to service to over 30 million pollution-free rides in the past 3 years.