The Centre’s battery swapping policy is sufficiently flexible for our market to flex its muscle
As regular readers of this column can attest, I have, for a long time, been in favour of using battery swapping technology for electric vehicles. This, I believe, is especially important in the local transport and delivery segment (largely comprising taxis and 2- and 3-wheelers), given how badly these segments are impacted by the down-time that is unavoidable with even the fastest charging solutions. For these vehicles, swapping offers the best alternative, allowing drivers to top up their charge in roughly the same time it takes to fill a tank with petrol. Which is why it was heartening to see that the government of India has released a new battery-swapping policy specifically designed to catalyse the large-scale adoption of battery swapping technology by promoting the battery-as-a-service business model.