SUN Mobility Technology Center, Bengaluru, India, has announced that it plans to set up 100 battery swapping stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Bengaluru by the end of 2021. In a virtual event, Karnataka Chief Minister Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa officially inaugurated the commercial launch of the company’s swapping network in Bengaluru, Indiaesa.info reports.
At present, there are four swap points available at Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s (IOCL) outlets in the city’s densely populated areas of Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Koramangala, and HSR Layout.
SUN Mobility also declared its partnership with MetroRide India, a sustainable and environment-friendly shared mobility solution provider, to solve first and last-mile connectivity for metro rail.
MetroRide’s fleet of Piaggio Ape E-City electric three-wheelers will make use of SUN Mobility’s swap points installed at IOCL outlets.
“We realize 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 1,80,000 three-wheelers, supported by 85 LPG stations,” SUN Mobility co-founder and Vice-Chairman Chetan Maini said in a declaration.
The company wants to create a similar supporting ecosystem by installing 100 swap points by the end of next year that can power and support all forms of shared mobility in the city, comprising two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and last-mile delivery trucks, he added.
“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),” Maini believed.