SUN Mobility and IndianOil partner to revolutionize EV battery swapping

SUN Mobility and IndianOil have forged a groundbreaking partnership to establish world’s largest battery swapping network . By 2030, this collaboration aims to establish a vast battery swapping infrastructure, deploying 10,000 stations across 40+ cities. This strategic initiative promises to make battery swapping as accessible as traditional refueling, driving the seamless adoption of electric mobility and addressing critical challenges such as battery costs, maintenance, and charging times.

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SUN Mobility has announced a strategic partnership with IndianOil to establish a comprehensive battery swapping infrastructure network by 2030. This collaboration aims to deploy 10,000 battery swapping stations across over 40 cities within the next three years, facilitating the adoption of electric mobility for two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and small four-wheelers through a ‘Battery as a Service‘ (BaaS) model.

The joint venture leverages IndianOil’s extensive network of more than 37,000 fuel stations across India and SUN Mobility’s advanced battery swapping technology. This integration will make battery swapping as accessible as traditional fuel refueling, significantly enhancing the electric vehicle (EV) experience for customers by addressing concerns related to battery costs, maintenance, replacement, and charging time.

SUN Mobility currently operates in over 20 cities, supporting more than 25,000 electric vehicles with a network of 630+ swapping stations and over 50,000 smart batteries. These batteries collectively perform over a million swaps each month, serving a wide range of two and three-wheeler customers.

Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and Chairman of SUN Mobility, highlighted the company’s global leadership in open architecture platforms for battery swapping, which support various electric vehicle types across multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This platform is being deployed globally in partnership with leading energy companies.

The collaboration with IndianOil will streamline the EV experience for customers by offering BaaS nationwide. This will help alleviate worries about battery costs, maintenance, replacement, and charging time. With the new network, users can conveniently swap their EV batteries at numerous stations, similar to how they currently refuel their vehicles.

This initiative is part of SUN Mobility’s broader strategy to accelerate the transition to electric mobility by addressing key challenges such as range anxiety, long charging times, and high battery costs. By providing a reliable and efficient battery swapping solution, SUN Mobility aims to make electric vehicles more practical and accessible for a larger segment of the population.

The partnership will also benefit from the IndianOil’s vast network and expertise in fuel distribution. The company’s extensive reach and infrastructure will play a crucial role in the rapid deployment of the battery swapping stations, ensuring that they are available in both urban and rural areas.

Overall, this joint venture marks a significant milestone in India’s journey towards sustainable transportation. By combining the strengths of SUN Mobility and IndianOil, the initiative aims to create a robust and scalable battery swapping network that will support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and contribute to a cleaner and greener future.

This partnership is expected to drive significant growth in the electric vehicle market in India, providing a reliable and efficient solution to some of the major challenges faced by EV owners. With the deployment of thousands of battery swapping stations, the joint venture will make it easier for people to switch to electric vehicles and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

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