Panasonic unveils smart EV charging service in India

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 15 May 2019

Panasonic launched the new smart EV charging service in partnership with SmartE and qQuick

Panasonic has launched a first-of-its-kind smart EV charging service in India called Nymbus. The futuristic charging service combines physical components such as charging stations, swap stations, on-board charges, telematics systems and virtual components like cloud service, analytics, intuitive dashboard and artificial intelligence to deliver a one-stop solution.

Nymbus is a unique technology platform by Panasonic India’s concentrated R&D efforts, designed and developed to cater to the growing mobility market in India. As part of the first phase, Panasonic has partnered with electric mobility service providers ‘SmartE’ and ‘qQuick’, wherein Panasonic will be deploying the EV charging service on 150 SmartE electric three-wheelers and on 25 qQuick two-wheelers in the Delhi NCR region.

Panasonic smart EV chargers

L-R: Aishwarya Kachhal, founder, qQuick; Yasumichi Murase, director, Lastmile Hub, Panasonic; Manish Sharma, president and CEO Panasonic India; Atul Arya – head energy systems division, Panasonic India; and Goldie Srivastava, co-founder and CEO, SmartE.

The solution aims to enable individual EV users, EV fleet owners, e-commerce and logistics companies to manage their fleet more efficiently and also the utility providers, vehicle, equipment and battery manufacturers to understand the usage patterns and calibrate the products and services accordingly.

The service comes equipped with telematics sensors on the vehicles, allowing users to generate real-time data and reports from the continuous operation. Thus enabling them to use their fleet in the most efficient way. Built to learn and gain intelligence over time, the systems are poised to assist the fleet managers in monitoring and managing the entire fleet such as finding out the efficiency of different Li-ion battery packs, avoiding unnecessary charge trips due to lack of charging and real-time data, monitoring of vehicle data usage and many more. The cloud and app service also allows EV and fleet owners to easily search and navigate the nearest charging point, thus reducing logistical challenges.

Manish Sharma, president and CEO Panasonic India, said, “At Panasonic, our unending quest for innovation, guided by our philosophy of A Better Life, A Better World, inspired us to take the lead and develop this innovative EV charging solution. With the launch of the EV charging service, Panasonic, for the first time is venturing into the service domain in energy and eMobility. We are creating an integrated common platform to cater to the unsatiated needs of multiple stakeholders and enable faster adoption of EVs in the country.”

 Atul Arya – Head Energy Systems Division, Panasonic India said, “Conceptualised and developed in-house, our charging service is currently meant for two- and three-wheelers, but we aim to expand that in the near future to other vehicles. We have currently deployed our solutions in Delhi NCR and aim to expand the offerings to Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Amaravati in the next three years and 25 more cities in the next five years (catering to) targeting approximately 1 million vehicles.”

Goldie Srivastava, co-founder and CEO, SmartE, commented, “We are delighted to associate with Panasonic and have their charging solutions deployed for our electric vehicles. Panasonic’s technology enabled charging service would not only help us optimise our charging infrastructure but also help achieve operational efficiencies through real time data generation. As India’s largest electric vehicle operator, we look forward to a continued association with Panasonic as we work towards the common goal of building sustainable mobility solutions for the country.”

Aishwarya Kachhal, founder, qQuick said, “Our aim is to establish an integrated green mobility ecosystem for India. We are partnering with the best for making India the leader in green mobility. Panasonic is the global leader in EV solutions with its proven R&D capabilities and global experience. This partnership between qQuick and Panasonic will provide customers personal, accessible, affordable and green mobility. We look forward to establishing a long term relationship with Panasonic.”

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