SUN Mobility to scale its battery swapping stations for faster EV adoption in Bengaluru



SUN Mobility has announced its own plan to roll out 100 battery adapting channels, called Swap Points, in Bengaluru at the end of 2021.  

Speaking to YourStory, Chetan Maini, Co-founder of all Sun Mobility, stated this is their first foray in their home-turf Bengaluru after growing in nine cities nationwide.

“These battery swap stations will available for all forms of shared mobility including e-rickshaws, bikes, and will be available for food and courier delivery riders too,” says Chetan Maini.

The company has started with four Swap Points channel at IOCL bunks at Bengaluru and in suburbs such as Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Koramangala, along with HSR Layout.

Sun Mobility will shortly increase this to 100 channels with other partners at the Bengaluru city boundaries.  

Chetan Maini states that eventually, these channels will encourage vehicles such as electric cars and smaller trucks.  

SUN Mobility also announced its partnership with MetroRide, a sustainable and environmentally friendly shared mobility solution to address the very first and last-mile connectivity into and from subway stations. MetroRide’s fleet of Piaggio Ape E-City electric three-wheelers will make use of SUN Mobility’s Swap-Points deployed at prime IOCL outlets.  

“Our Ape’ E-City, using the swappable battery option, will offer an easy, clean and comfortable subway channel commute, which is the need of the hour for a fast, young and cosmopolitan city like Bengaluru. We have delivered a first bunch of vehicles on MetroRide, and aspire to improve the fleet of this special offering with them. This can, in due course of time, change the subway commute, rather than only daily commuters but also providing better earnings into the motorists,” stated Diego Graffi, Chairman and MD, Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd..

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The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yediyurappa, stated: 

“The Government of Karnataka has envisaged a orderly development of Bengaluru, with one of those focus areas being shared liberty. As part of our attempts to produce the nation and its urban landscapes cleaner and greener, this cooperation and support is a significant step in furthering our vision to launch Karnataka as the EV capital of India. Bengaluru will direct the change with an environment that has nurtured innovation. I am excited that we will see advanced technologies and versions in shared mobility emerge here, like battery swapping, that can be brought to the remainder of India and the entire world. ”

Very good infrastructure is a precursor to enabling a lively, clean and common mobility ecosystem at a city like Bengaluru. A fantastic example of this is the three-wheeler market that’s 180,000 three-wheelers, supported by 85 LPG channels.  

Soon, whenever someone gets out of Namma Metro, they will have access to MetroRide to hail an EV- based shared mobility e-rickshaws or bikes.  

“There is a need for reliable and effective transportation alternatives for Metro Rail that can greatly improve its ridership. Together with our focus on subway riders, the partnership with SUN Mobility can help make last-mile commuting easy, safe and eco friendly for everybody,” stated Girish Nagpal, CEO and Co-Founder, MetroRide.  

SUN Mobility will operate with infrastructure enablers, BESCOM and BMRC, to allow a strong community of battery adapting infrastructure in town. This will make it possible for the Government of Karnataka’s aim of providing one charging channel at a 3km radius grid in Bengaluru, as a part of its EV Policy published in 2017.  

Edited by Kanishk Singh

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