- It has also announced its partnership with the cMetroRide to solve first and last mile connectivity for Metro rails
- As of today, four Swap Points are available at IOCL outlets in the city’s densely populated areas of Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Koramangala and HSR Layout
Sun Mobility has announced its plan to roll out 100 battery swapping stations, called Swap Points, in Bengaluru by the end of 2021. As of today, four Swap Points are available at IOCL outlets in the city’s densely populated areas of Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Koramangala and HSR Layout.
Chetan Maini, co-founder and vice-chairman, Sun Mobility said, “We realise that good infrastructure is a precursor to enabling a vibrant, clean and shared mobility ecosystem in a city like Bengaluru. A great example of this is the three-wheeler market that has 180,000 three-wheelers, supported by 85 LPG stations. We want to create a similar supporting ecosystem by deploying 100 Swap Points™ that can power and support all forms of shared mobility in the city, including 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers, and last-mile delivery trucks. Our commitment is to increase adoption of EVs in the shared mobility sector, in Bengaluru, by making refueling faster, cheaper, more accessible and convenient (through swapping).”
Partnership with MetroRide
It has also announced its partnership with the city’s MetroRide to solve first and last mile connectivity for Metro rails. MetroRide’s fleet of Piaggio Ape E-City electric three-wheelers will make use of Sun Mobility’s Swap Points deployed at prime IOCL outlets.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa said, “The Government of Karnataka has envisaged a systematic growth of Bengaluru, with one of the focus areas being shared mobility. As part of our efforts to make the State and its urban landscapes cleaner and greener, this support and collaboration is a significant step in furthering our vision to establish Karnataka as the EV capital of India. Bengaluru will lead the change with an environment that historically has nurtured innovation. I am excited that we will see innovative technologies and models in shared mobility emerge here, like battery swapping, that can be taken to the rest of India and the world. We look forward to working with various players in the space, and extending all necessary support to make this a reality.”
With the roll out of the 100 Swap Points, Sun Mobility looks forward to working with infrastructure enablers, BESCOM and BMRC, to enable a robust network of battery swapping infrastructure in the city. This will provide the right impetus to meet the government of Karnataka’s goal of providing one charging station in a 3km radius grid in Bengaluru, as part of its EV Policy released in 2017.
Girish Nagpal, CEO and Co-Founder, MetroRide said, “There is a need for reliable and efficient transport solutions for Metro Rail which can greatly increase its ridership. With our focus on metro riders, the partnership with SUN Mobility will help make last-mile commuting easy, safe and eco-friendly for everyone.”