New Delhi: SUN Mobility, a leading provider of electromobility solutions and services, announced on Tuesday that it would set up 100 battery swap stations for electric vehicles in Bengaluru by the end of 2021. In a virtual event, Karnataka stated that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has officially started the commercial launch of the company's swap network in Bengaluru.
There are currently four swap points available at IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Ltd) branches in the densely populated areas of Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Koramangala and HSR Layout.
SUN Mobility also announced its partnership with MetroRide, a sustainable and environmentally friendly provider of shared mobility solutions to solve first and last mile connectivity for the subway.
The MetroRide fleet of electric three-wheelers from Piaggio Ape E-City will use the SUN Mobility exchange points used at IOCL sales outlets.
“We know that good infrastructure is a precursor to a vibrant, clean and shared mobility ecosystem in a city like Bengaluru. A good example of this is the tricycle market of 1,80,000 tricycles supported by 85 LPG stations,” Chetan said Maini, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of SUN Mobility, in a statement.
The company aims to create a similar supportive ecosystem by providing 100 Swap Points by the end of next year to power and support all forms of shared mobility around the city, including two-wheelers, tricycles and last-mile vans. he added.
“Our commitment is to increase shared mobility adoption of electric vehicles in Bengaluru by making refueling faster, cheaper, more accessible and more convenient (through exchange),” said Maini.
Piaggio Vehicles Chairman and MD Diego Graffi said the company always believes in providing best-in-class solutions to its customers in the last mile transportation segment.
“Our Ape E-City with the replaceable battery solution offers simple, clean and comfortable commuting to the subway station, which is the order of the day for a fast, young and cosmopolitan city like Bengaluru,” he said.