The new plan has been executed in partnership with Sun Mobility in order to set up the battery swapping facility
Initially, this new model is targeted at commercial vehicles such as electric autos, rickshaws and electric two-wheelers
India’s biggest oil firm has taken a small but substantial step in the direction of a pollution-free world. Indian Oil, on Friday, announced that they will soon start setting up battery-swapping stations at their petrol pumps. These swapping stations will be used to provide instant recharge for EVs.
The new plan has been executed in partnership with Sun Mobility in order to set up the battery swapping facility, called Quick Interchange Station (QIS). According to company chairman Sanjiv Singh, the oil firm will begin with a pilot of battery swapping at one of its outlets in Chandigarh and gradually scale it up to 20 stations. Three more QIS - one each in Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Bengaluru- will be set up under the pilot project. New Delhi, Gurugram, and other cities will also be covered under the pilot.
The chairman, Sajiv Singh claimed that only 4,000 EVs out of 35 lakh total vehicles were sold last year. And he claims that time taken to charge batteries is one of the reasons for such low sales.
"While users may be receptive to switching to EV, they may not want to struggle through the cumbersome recharging process. This is where battery swapping comes into the picture," he said. "Not only will battery swapping eliminate the unnecessary waiting time for battery recharging, but it will also help with better land use, reduce the size of batteries in vehicles, and ensure an increased run time."
With Agency Inputs
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