Ion Energy to supply BMS to Italian scooter maker Ray Electric Motors

by Nilesh Wadhwa 10 Feb 2021

Mumbai-headquartered Ion Energy, a leading supplier of advanced electronics for electric vehicles and energy storage solutions, has entered into an agreement to supply battery management systems (BMS) to Barcelona-based electric scooter start-up, Ray Electric Motors.

Founded in 2019, Ray Electric Motors recently launched its first smart electric scooter, the Ray 7.7. The e-scooter is powered by a 10.7kW motor coupled to a 7.7kWh battery. The fixed high-density lithium-ion battery claims to deliver a top speed of 125kph and a range of up to 150km with fast charging support.

Other highlights of the 7.7 include a multifunction TFT instrument console, in-built navigation, anti-theft alarm, and smartphone connectivity. The Ray e-scooter also offers a provision to switch between multiple driving modes - city, sport, flow and reverse. It is also capable of OTA updates for continuous improvements using its smart VCU and BMS powering it.

Ion Energy says for the BMS, Ray Electric Motors was on the lookout for a credible partner with a proven technology that’s been tested and deployed in electric two-wheelers. Lithium-ion batteries being unstable require dedicated management to prevent damage and degradation of the asset. The BMS is responsible for the efficiency, safety, and longevity of lithium-ion batteries. The primary role of the BMS is to ensure the battery operates within it’s Safe Operating Area (or SOA) by continuously monitoring its current state and logging performance data in real-time. Ion Energy’s ‘smart’ FS-LT BMS delivers on both safety and performance, making it the perfect system to manage the RAY 7.7.

In addition to automotive-grade safety features, the FS-LT BMS is built with wireless smartphone connectivity and compatible with Ion Energy’s proprietary cloud-based analytics platform. The platform will allow Ray Electric Motors to send over-the-air (OTA) updates to its scooters, continuously improving the life and performance of the asset.

In its first year, Ray will manufacture a limited set of 1,000 vehicles and has plans to scale up to a minimum of over 10,000 e-scooters by 2023. It plans to target major metropolitan areas of Europe before expanding to the United States and other regions.

Started in 2016, Ion Energy is a leading supplier of advanced electronics for electric vehicles. ION’s flagship BMS technology has been deployed in over 60,000 electric vehicles in India and Europe. The company supplies its technology to over 75 customers spread across 15+ countries.

Commenting on the partnership, Akhil Aryan, CEO and co-founder, Ion Energy said, “We’re excited to work with an innovative partner like RAY. Their smart electric scooter does not compromise on speed, power, range or design. We believe Ion’s smart BMS and cloud analytics solutions coupled to RAY’s platform will offer exceptional experience to consumers in Europe and globally.”

Inigo Raventos Basagoiti, CEO and co-founder, Ray Electric Motors said, “We searched for the best components and technology in the world for our electric scooter, which has been developed to fulfil the highest expectations of the premium urban mobility customer in large European metropolitan areas. Ion Energy, with its smart BMS solution, has proven to be the perfect partner for us, and gives us the quality and scalability we need for our growth strategy.”