New Delhi-based Green Evolve (Grevol) has launched lithium battery packs for its upcoming three-wheeler (L5N category) light commercial vehicles. It has partnered with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) to source cells for its lithium battery packs. CATL is known to supply to global auto-giants like Tesla, BMW, and Mercedes.
“Using these high-grade cells, we can reduce the charging time to less than two hours by providing fast charging option to achieve 200 km range/day and a life of 200,000 km or up to 8 years by our estimates,” said Jayant Gupta, Founder and CEO, Grevol.
Based on trials and customer feedback, Grevol believes that its upcoming L5N category vehicle can consistently deliver a longer range with a higher payload capacity than other EVs in the three-wheeler segment.
“We had to insist the E-commerce delivery partners to take our vehicles for longer routes as they were not confident with electric vehicle capabilities based on earlier experience with other electric three-wheelers they have used so far. The delivery partners were pleasantly surprised to note that Grevol vehicles provide a much superior range with heavier payloads,” informed Jayant.
An EV is essentially a battery pack on wheels, comprising 40-50% of the vehicle cost. The four elements that, together, create this ideal lithium battery pack are cell sourcing, a dynamic battery management system with cell balancing, an active thermal management system, and last but not least, the design and packaging of the battery pack.
“We conducted comprehensive lab and on-road tests to identify and resolve the challenges associated with the adaptability of lithium-ion batteries in the warmer climatic and tough road conditions prevalent in India,” said Grevol’s chief technology officer, Sanjay Aggarwal.
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