Piaggio and SUN Mobility collaborate to launch commercial vehicle swappable battery technology
Published On Nov 05, 2019
The small commercial vehicle maker is likely to introduce its electric CVs with swappable battery technology, to leverage Sun Mobility’s smart batteries and charging infrastructure for last-mile connectivity.
Piaggio Vehicles, the manufacturer of small commercial vehicles has entered into a strategic partnership with SUN Mobility, a leading provider of energy infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EVs), for its swappable battery technology. As part of this tie-up, SUN Mobility will support Piaggio with its smart batteries and quick interchange stations.
Piaggio will introduce smart swappable batteries with advanced lithium-ion technology in its upcoming commercial vehicles. These batteries will improve the overall efficiency of the vehicles with better pickup and increased mileage. The network of quick interchange stations will enable the electric three-wheeler drivers to swap their batteries in under 2 minutes thereby, addressing concerns around range limitations and long refueling time.
Talking about the association, Diego Graffi- MD & CEO Piaggio Vehicles said, “We are delighted to partner with SUN Mobility to integrate their swappable battery technology in our upcoming range of electric vehicles. At Piaggio, we believe in providing path-breaking solutions in the last mile transportation segment, and we are committed to providing best in class offerings to our customers. This partnership with SUN Mobility is a step forward towards providing easy, cost-effective and eco-friendly last-mile transportation. SUN Mobility’s battery swapping solution will help us in fulfilling our vision of creating a sustainable mobility ecosystem without having to worry about the energy infrastructure.”
While commenting on this partnership, Chetan Maini, Co-Founder, and Vice-Chairman, SUN Mobility said, “It is our pleasure to associate with Piaggio, a leading brand in the commercial vehicle space. At SUN Mobility, we believe that our open architecture energy infrastructure solution will enable the building of a smart, affordable urban electric mobility solution for improving last-mile connectivity options for commuters. This alliance, backed by Piaggio’s state-of-the-art products will accelerate electric mobility as we scale our unique swappable technology further in the Indian market.”
Piaggio is a leading player in the light transportation industry with a complete range of three and four-wheelers in diesel, petrol, CNG, LPG fuel variants, with over 2.7 million satisfied customers across India. The company also exports its range of small commercial vehicles to more than 40 countries worldwide. The company manufactures its products at Baramati, near Pune in Maharashtra, with an installed annual production capacity of over 300,000 three-wheelers and 80,000 four-wheelers.