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Startup Envisions Battery Swaps For Electric Buses In India

By Brian Spaen

Public transportation is a more conservative option when it comes to releasing less carbon emissions in the air, but it would be great to transition them toward electric motors. With range being limited to a few hundred miles on newer electric cars, it’s only that much shorter for bigger vehicles like buses and trucks. Two companies in India may have found a way to work together to fix the issue with replaceable batteries.

Earlier this week, Ashok Leyland and SUN Mobility announced a partnership to create an infrastructure to easily and quickly swap batteries in electric buses. These stations would be powered mostly by renewable energy and would allow buses to drop in, receive a battery exchange, and move back out into downtown traffic. The goal is to make these stations cheaper and faster than traditional diesel gas pumps.

According to Live Mint, focus will be on buses that travel inside of the cities in India. That will eventually progress to delivery trucks, intercity buses, then long distance trucks. Vinod K. Dasari, CEO of Ashok Leyland, stated that India’s government has been more keen on the future of public transportation moving over to the EV industry. While the future looks bright for other features, battery swapping will be the short-term focus.