US-based clean energy and mobility startup Power Global has announced its eZee swappable lithium-ion battery technology has been chosen by Hyderabad-based auto-rickshaw manufacturer Rap Eco Motors for 50,000 electric vehicles (EVs).
Rap Eco will use eZee swappable lithium batteries for its electric three-wheeler product line RANIE. The RANIE product line includes L3 and L5 models of a passenger auto-rickshaw, delivery van, and cargo vehicle.
Following a product launch in April 2022, Power Global and Rap Eco will partner to manufacture 50,000 electric auto-rickshaws over the next five years.
The partnership with Rap Eco comes as a big boost for Power Global as it aims to deploy 10,000 batteries and light mobility electric retrofit kits supported by its battery-swapping network by the end of 2022.
Power Global has a battery production plant in Greater Noida, India, which is slated to become the country’s largest in-country manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, capable of producing 400,000 modules annually.
Automotive manufacturers in India are embracing solutions such as battery swapping to reduce the upfront cost of EVs to increase access and accelerate the nation’s clean energy transition.
To support India’s in-country battery manufacturing capabilities, Power Global, in tandem with local cell manufacturers, is developing 100% made-in-India electric battery modules. These battery modules are central to Power Global’s Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) program, which will provide battery swap kiosks at select locations throughout India and allow Power Global to oversee the battery lifecycle from application to second life.
Rap Eco Motors ships e-rickshaws to countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, besides catering to the domestic market. The partnership with Power Global marks its first step toward developing a comprehensive solution for its electric auto-rickshaws, RANIE, built upon Power Global’s 48-volt swappable eZee battery module.
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