SUN Mo­bil­ity brings smart so­lu­tions for electric two/three-wheel­ers

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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

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