Piaggio Vehicles, the Indian subsidiary of the Piaggio Group and India’s leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles, has entered into a strategic partnership with Chetan Maini-backed Sun Mobility, a leading provider of energy infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EVs), for its swappable battery technology. As part of this partnership Sun Mobility will support Piaggio with its Smart Batteries and Quick Interchange Stations.
On June 14, 2019 Autocar Professional had first broken the news on Piaggio‘s upcoming electric vehicles to come with smart swappable batteries with advanced lithium-ion technology. The partner says the batteries will improve the overall efficiency of the vehicles with better pickup and increased mileage. The network of quick interchange stations will enable the electric three-wheeler drivers to swap their batteries in under 2 minutes thereby, addressing concerns around range limitations and long refuelling time.
Commenting on the association, Diego Graffi, MD and CEO Piaggio Vehicles said, “We are delighted to partner with Sun Mobility to integrate their swappable battery technology in our upcoming range of electric vehicles. At Piaggio, we believe in providing path breaking solutions in the last-mile transportation segment, and we are committed to provide best in class offerings to our customers. This partnership with Sun Mobility is a step forward towards providing easy, cost effective and eco-friendly last-mile transportation. Sun Mobility’s battery swapping solution will help us in fulfilling our vision of creating a sustainable mobility ecosystem without having to worry about the energy infrastructure.”
Chetan Maini, co-founder and vice-chairman, Sun Mobility said, “It is our pleasure to associate with Piaggio, a leading brand in the commercial vehicle space. At Sun Mobility, we believe that our open architecture energy infrastructure solution will enable the building of a smart, affordable urban electric mobility solution for improving last mile connectivity options for commuters. This alliance, backed by Piaggio’s state-of-the-art products will accelerate electric mobility as we scale our unique swappable technology further in the Indian market."