The Indian startup pioneering new battery swapping system for country’s electric buses

July 19, 2017 by  
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One of the hassles associated with electric vehicles is how long it takes to charge them. But in India , an energy infrastructure startup has partnered with the country’s second biggest truck manufacturer to pioneer a solution: a battery swapping system. They’ll start with electric buses , which could stop at stations reminiscent of today’s petrol pumps to swap out batteries and avoid having to spend a lot of time charging. Vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has partnered with startup SUN Mobility to develop the battery swapping system first for intra-city buses, potentially followed by delivery trucks, inter-city buses, and long-haul trucks, according to Ashok Leyland CEO Vinod Dasari. Related: India to only sell electric cars by 2030 SUN Mobility has been working on the system with Stanford University-trained engineer Chetan Maini, who designed India’s first electric car Reva, at the helm. Their smart battery system can reportedly power a variety of electric vehicles. According to their website, they aim to shake up transportation with an “open-architecture ecosystem built around a smart network of quick interchange battery stations,” which Quartz India said will be powered by renewable energy . SUN Mobility’s ultimate goal is lofty: refuel electric vehicles even cheaper and faster than cars can fill up at gas stations today. The partnership follows India’s plan to sell only electric vehicles by 2030 , recently announced by energy minister Piyush Goyal. At that time, he said the government would invest in charging infrastructure, and even pointed to the potential of battery swapping systems. Government advisor Ashok Jhunjhunwala said in a June lecture swappable batteries would need to be a key component of India’s push to put more electric cars on the road. The expense of batteries is prohibitive for many, but he said, “…we’ll start buying vehicles without battery. For example, if I want to buy a bus or a three-wheeler, I’ll buy it without [the] battery but with enhanced [vehicle] efficiency.” In such a system, with high efficiency vehicles and swappable batteries, costs per kilometer could potentially be lowered until they’re on par with gas-guzzling cars. Via Quartz India Images via Wikimedia Commons and shankar s. on Flickr

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Porsche’s new EV chargers top up Mission E batteries by 80% in 15 minutes

July 19, 2017 by  
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We’re still about two years away from the arrival of the Porsche Mission E electric car, but Porsche has already started installing the 800-volt chargers that will power it. The automaker recently installed two 800-volt chargers in Berlin that have the ability to recharge an EV’s batteries up to 80 percent in a mere 15 minutes. The 350kW chargers are twice as powerful as the 145kW chargers that Tesla’s Supercharger network uses. Although Porsche’s new charging stations, Tesla refuses to be out done, since Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk recently stated that its future charging network will make the 350kW charger look like a “children’s toy.” Related: Porsche is moving ahead with their Tesla rival ‘Mission E’ electric car Since the Mission E is still at least two years away, the good news is that the Porsche’s new chargers do have the ability to charge lower-powered EVs. While we wait for the Mission E, Porsche does offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera. Porsche is also installing similar chargers in Atlanta. Porsche has yet to reveal the production version of the Mission E , but when it arrives it will be one of the most significant Model S rivals. The Mission E will feature two electric motors that generate around 600 horsepower and a driving range over 300 miles. + Porsche Via Trusted Reviews Images @Porsche

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Episode 82: Greening the big Apple; Peter Seligmann’s graceful exit

June 30, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, selling sustainable tourism, a chat with Honolulu’s first resilience officer and the future of urban mobility.

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Why Austin, Texas is poised to be the next mobility hub

March 31, 2017 by  
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Austin’s New Mobility Resolution project is redesigning the city for mobility and attracting smart industry movers.

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Clean transportation drives ahead with electric vehicles

March 20, 2017 by  
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Major automakers race to adapt to shared-car demand, startups compete for the smart mobility wave and data concerns speed up.

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Why automotive technology is going from 0 to 60 in 2017

January 17, 2017 by  
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Gear up: This year’s CES technology conference in Las Vegas was overrun with self-driving cars and EVs.

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Why transportation tech is on a collision course for 2017

January 4, 2017 by  
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From self-driving Ubers to the battle brewing over the next Tesla, the mobility revolution is poised to come to a head this year.

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Mahindra and Oakland make a bet on urban mobility with the GenZe

January 19, 2016 by  
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Mahindra is launching a $3,000 electric scooter in a city that wants credit for the cutting edge of sustainability.

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After $500M Lyft bet, GM chases sustainable self-driving cars

January 15, 2016 by  
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General Motors Executive Director of Urban Mobility Peter Kosak weighs in on the automaker’s future in transportation tech.

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Episode 12: The future of green design, from 3D printing to buildings

January 15, 2016 by  
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Shock-proof infrastructure, nature-inspired advanced manufacturing and… a trip to Disney World? Don’t miss this week’s edition of the GreenBiz 350 podcast.

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