With the rising demand for decisive action against climate change, nations are accelerating the adoption of electric mobility solutions. One of the easiest ways is to promote affordable electric cars, electric buses and electric two wheelers. But, one of the major reasons that this is delayed is because people are skeptical of the time required for battery charging. So, one of the easiest and feasible solutions to this conundrum is to adapt battery swapping technology. Read on to know how battery swapping is going to be the future of electric vehicle (EV) charging.
For normal gasoline powered vehicles, the refueling time is usually less than 10 minutes, but currently for EVs it’s twice that. This can be an issue if the infrastructure for electric charging stations is not in place. In such situations, battery swapping technology will help to solve the issue to make EVs more accessible for the general population. This reduces the waiting time, requires less land than a regular gasoline refueling station, and improves the running time of EVs during early adoption.
Benefits Of Battery Swapping
The biggest advantage of a battery swapping facility is that it cuts down the waiting time and functions more or less like a petrol bunk. It can not only ensure affordable electric cars but also electric two-wheelers. The ambient temperature has a significant effect on battery life during fast charging in electric charging stations. The battery life is reduced if the surrounding temperature is high. The swappable batteries are slowly charged in a temperature-controlled environment, and this prolongs the battery life. Because the physical footprint of swappable batteries is small, they can be set up much easily, compared to a charging station.
As mentioned in the previous section, one advantage of using swappable battery technology is prolonged battery life because it is charged under optimal conditions. Even the commercial viability of electric vehicles (EVs) is very much dependent on this and is especially true in the case of affordable electric cars. These EVs must give a good on-road performance and swappable battery technology seems to be a better option than fast charging. Moreover, of the total vehicle cost of an EV, 40% is that of the battery and currently, the best option available is lithium-ion batteries. So, their optimum use is essential for affordable ownership cost and better operational efficiency of EVs.
On a final note, if adopted on a large scale, swappable battery technology can be a game changer in making EVs mainstream.