SUN Mobility brings smart solutions for electric two/three-wheelers
SUN Mobility, led by Chetan Maini (Founder of India’s first electric car, Reva) and Uday Khemka (Vice Chairman of SUN Mobility Group), has launched its global, interoperable smart mobility solution for two-and three-wheeler electric vehicles at its new 47,500 sqft technology development centre in Bengaluru. Started in April 2017, Sun Mobility is developing smart batteries to power EVs—two-, three- and fourwheelers, and buses—and battery charging and swapping stations.
SUN Mobility’s energy infrastructure platform is a first of its kind universal architecture solution that works across various two-and three-wheeler vehicles. This solution is being launched just 2 months after SUN Mobility showcased its world-class smart mobility solution for buses, in partnership with Ashok Leyland at Auto Expo 2018.
SUN Mobility has created the world’s first global interoperable smart mobility solutions for electric vehicles, that separates the battery from the vehicle, bringing down the upfront cost of electric vehicles, making it financially viable. “We will own the lithium ion batteries and swapping stations and build our own (electric mobility) infrastructure network in the country. We’ll also be working with multiple OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to integrate our solutions into their products,” says Maini. The SUN Mobility solution for two-and three-wheelers comprises 2 key elements: Modular Smart Batteries that are intelligent enough to customise themselves to each vehicle type and versatile enough to be used in combinations of one or multiple batteries to meet customers’ different performance and range expectations; Quick Interchange Stations that can be easily installed across a city, enabling customers to swap batteries quickly and conveniently in less than a minute, addressing any concerns around the refueling time; and Smart Network that connects modular Smart Batteries and Quick Interchange Stations, optimises battery performance and allows customers to locate stations and make payments via an app. The app will also tell consumers when they have to go to their nearest bunk to replace the battery. Although the unit economics have not been unveiled yet, it would be interesting to see how Sun Mobility will subsidise the cost of the lithium ion battery and open battery bunks across the country.
To begin with, SUN would focus on electric two-, three-wheelers and buses, in particular in the shared mobility space given that there is already some momentum on those fronts. According to Maini, there are already over 1 million e-rickshaws plying in parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Furthermore, battery-operated buses are a key component of the Smart Cities mission. And SUN has already struck a partnership with India’s second largest
commercial-vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland to build electric buses—it would provide smart batteries and swapping station infrastructure.
Uday Khemka, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of SUN Mobility said, “As we move forward on our global mission to enable mass transportation fueled by clean electric energy, we are happy to showcase the diverse technology portfolio that can redefine the future of mobility. By enabling the electrification of two-wheelers, three-wheelers and buses through our comprehensive smart mobility ecosystem, we are addressing the current urban mobility crisis and consciously exploring solutions to change the way the world commutes.”
The lithium ion batteries that SUN is developing would be about 30 to 40 percent lighter compared to the batteries that Maini had developed at Reva Electric. Maini also claims that the new batteries could be recharged faster and would operate more efficiently in hot regions like India. And with a lot of in-built electronics, such as GSM and GPS, the batteries are a lot smarter, he adds. The comapany will also start manufacturing the batteries (except the cells) at their newly inaugurated development centre. At a trial basis they intent to manufacture 20,000 batteries in the 1 year.
SUN Mobility’s Energy Infrastructure Platform enables electric two-and three-wheelers to be cost neutral versus conventional diesel/petrol ones. This unique platform shall be offered in collaboration with multiple OEMs and solution providers and will support a range of new models as well as retrofit applications. SUN Mobility, along with its partners, plans to roll out this network of Quick Interchange Stations in a phased manner across various major cities, thus enabling customers to adopt electric mobility using an innovative pay-per-use model that reduces not only their initial cost of purchase but also overall operating cost.
“With over 18 million twoand three-wheelers sold in the country last year, we have introduced the world’s first interoperable solutions for electric two-and three-wheelers that will transform the way people commute,” Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of SUN Mobility, said. “SUN Mobility is enabling the electric mobility ecosystem in the country by offering solutions that are convenient, cost-effective and scalable,” he added.
SUN Mobility is a global leader providing energy infrastructure and services to the transportation sector that are faster, cheaper and more convenient, making mass migration to a sustainable, pollution-free future possible. It is a 50:50 joint venture between Virya Mobility 5.0 and SUN New Energy Systems, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy.
The company was established in April 2017 and is led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva now Mahindra Reva, and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group, two of India’s leaders in the new energy economy. The organisation is working with the State Transport Undertakings (STUs), fleet operators, shared mobility providers, and automotive OEMs across all platforms including two-and three-wheelers, cars and buses to challenge the status quo with an economical, scalable and smarter way forward.
Chetan Maini and Uday Khemka, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of SUN Mobility along with the key dignitaries