Two-Wheel Vehicle Battery Swapping Technology Lands In Singapore
You might have seen EVs in China stopping by at battery-swapping stations, replacing a depleted battery with a fully charged one in less than five minutes. EV manufacturer Nio, in particular, leads the charge with plans to build 1,000 stations this year alone in China, adding to the 1,300 already implemented. What appeared like an idea that sounded too far-fetched for regional or even global adoption now has the last laugh, with other companies electing for this mode of charge to reduce charge times and complication.
In Singapore, Gogoro Inc. and Cycle & Carriage Singapore (C&C) just announced a partnership with leading food delivery platform foodpanda in a battery swapping pilot, which will support smart electric two-wheel vehicles for last mile deliveries in Singapore. The partnership follows Singapore Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) announcement last year that it awarded Gogoro and C&C with a battery swapping sandbox pilot for electric two-wheel vehicles.
As announced in September 2022, Gogoro and C&C have partnered to introduce a new and more efficient approach to electric refueling for two-wheel delivery fleets using Gogoro’s six-second Swap & Go battery swapping. The addition of foodpanda as a partner allows for the trial of Gogoro’s Smartscooters and leading battery swapping platform to conduct last-mile deliveries. Insights from the trial will be used to guide next steps to accelerate the adoption of sustainable mobility as Singapore moves towards a transportation system using cleaner and more sustainable energy.
Gogoro battery swapping and Smartscooters offer six-second battery swapping that is safe and reliable. The pilot entails C&C leasing Gogoro 2 Series Smartscooters to foodpanda riders. The Gogoro 2 has an estimated range of up to 100km. Riders can swap out depleted batteries for new ones in seconds at battery swapping stations, eliminating vehicle battery charging downtime and the need for parking. C&C’s leasing package for these electric bikes also includes service and maintenance costs.
Riders will initially be able to swap their batteries at two battery swapping stations located at C&C’s Service Centers at Alexandra and Ubi, with the service and maintenance centre also located at the Alexandra complex.
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