Installation of 50 Quick Interchange Stations, by March 2020, across 10 cities to support the Ape E- City roll-out
NEW DELHI : The partnership between SUN Mobility, a leading provider of energy infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EVs), and Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL), a 100 % subsidiary of the Italian Piaggio Group and India’s leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles, announced in October 2019, took wings today. Piaggio, Ape E-City, is the first main-stream electric three-wheeler to be launched on SUN Mobility’s integrated open-architecture platform, that supports a variety of 2 and 3 wheelers.
To be rolled out first in Chandigarh, Mohali and Gurgaon, the partnership will see a network of 50 SUN Mobility Quick Interchange Stations, spread across 10 cities in India, by March 2020. The aim of this partnership is to further the adoption of affordable and clean last-mile connectivity, while also addressing the current issues around air quality in the regions.
Diego Graffi, MD & CEO of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, “At Piaggio, we believe in providing path breaking solutions in the last mile transportation segment with best in class technology offerings to our customers. Our partnership with SUN Mobility will enable customers to experience a very innovative, smart and unique swappable smart battery eco-system in India.”
By separating the batteries from the vehicles, SUN Mobility has managed to reduce the upfront cost of the vehicle to be at par with its ICE counterparts. And, by providing the energy infrastructure through a ‘battery as a service’ model, it not only enables a hassle-free, quick and affordable way of refuelling electric vehicles, but also takes away the concerns around high battery-replacement cost, low-life of the battery, and inadequate charging infrastructure. Connected by a Smart Network, each of the Quick Interchange Stations will enable 150 swaps per day, in under two minutes; thereby, addressing concerns around range limitations and long refuelling time. The minimal downtime ensures that drivers can account for more trips, resulting in increased earning opportunity.
“Our network of swapping stations, along with our ‘pay-as-you-go’ model, combined with our user- friendly app will significantly increase the ease at which drivers can avail our services, and reduce their concerns around driving range, charging times and battery related operational costs. Our proven solution which has clocked over 1 million+ emission free kms and transported 1.5 million+ passengers till date, makes a very compelling value proposition for 3-wheeler drivers,” said Chetan Maini, Co- Founder and Vice-Chairman, SUN Mobility. “We are happy to partner with Piaggio and have them be the first three-wheeler OEM on our platform. Their strong product portfolio, along with our solution, makes a very compelling value proposition for 3-wheeler drivers. Our aim is to continue to revolutionize the last-mile connectivity across the 2 and 3-wheelers, and buses in the country. And, this is another stepping-stone to achieve that,” he added.
SUN Mobility’s energy infrastructure platform comprises of Smart Batteries that are light-weight, connected, long-life, compact and swappable. The Quick Interchange Stations are compact, easy to install and ensure quick refuelling of electric vehicles and are compatible with multiple vehicle platforms including: 2 and 3 wheelers (e-rickshaws and e-autos). And lastly, the Smart Network (an IoT-based cloud platform) helps keep a constant check on the battery vitals, tracks batteries in real time, enables digital authentication, station operations and ensures service delivery optimization.
About SUN Mobility:
SUN Mobility is a global leader in providing energy infrastructure and services to the transportation sector enabling electric vehicles to be refuelled in a faster, cheaper and more convenient way; thereby, making mass migration to a sustainable, pollution-free future possible. It is a joint venture between SUN Group and Maini Group, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy. The company was established in April 2017 and is led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva now Mahindra Reva, and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group, two of India’s leaders in the new energy economy. The organization is working with STUs, fleet operators, shared mobility providers, and automotive OEMs across all platforms including 2/3 wheelers, cars and buses to challenge the status quo with an economical, scalable and smarter way forward.
SUN Mobility’s open architecture energy infrastructure solution combines Plug n Play EV docks, Smart Batteries, Quick Interchange Stations, all linked to a Smart Network.