Shri V P Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, alongwith the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated Battery Swapping FacilityQuick Interchange Service (QIS) at Chandigarh.Shri TarunKapoor, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil, Officers of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, the Union Territory of Chandigarh, and IOCL were present in the ceremony, organized online.
Battery swapping technology offers the best alternative to slow charging and helps the drivers to make optimum use of the operational hours. The battery swapping model is initially targeted at the commercial segment, i.e., electric autos, rickshaws and electric 2W also and the electric vehicle which is either factory fitted or retrofitted. IndianOilhas signed a non- binding Strategic cooperation document withM/s Sun Mobility to explore setting up of Energy infrastructure for Electric vehicle through Battery Swapping model across IndianOilRetail outlets in select cities.
Indian Oil intends running a Pilot and offering SMPLs (Smart Mobility Proprietary Solutions) to support and service vehicles comprising of e-rickshaws, e-karts and e-bikes, and e-auto rickshaws up to 20 to 25 quick interchange stations in select cities across India. Sun Mobility Pte Ltd. has plans to install 20 QIS across major towns covering New Delhi, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Amritsar, others.
The Pilot ROs – QIS have 14 Batteries, a touch screen for swapping preloaded cards and an electricity sub meter. These QIS will play a pivotal role in providing an alternative energy solution to the 3-wheeler segment and boosting India’s economic growth. Rightly the initiative may bring a reform in the energy sector moving towards carbon neutral culture.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan said, “I am happy that Indian Oil and Sun Mobility have collaborated to establish this facility as a pilot in the modern & beautiful city of Chandigarh.”Calling for scaling up of EV ecosystem, he said, “We must leverage modern technology to enable electric mobility to scale up in India and make it more affordable.” This initiative is also a step in the right direction towards contributing to the Hon. Prime Minister’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, he further added.