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Battery-swapping stations started in Indore

Battery-swapping stations started in Indore

Published:23 May 2022

# MV Correspondent, Indore

Amidst the growing introduction of electric vehicles, battery-swapping stations have also started in Indore.  There, drivers will get a fully charged battery instead of an empty one like at an ATM with a smart card.

Indore | Amidst the growing introduction of electric vehicles, battery-swapping stations have also started in Indore.  There, drivers will get a fully charged battery instead of an empty one like at an ATM with a smart card. These first battery-swapping stations of the State started from Friday at two places - Usha Nagar and Pardeshipura. Mumbai-based startup company 'Voltup' has started them.
Battery-swapping facility has been introduced for commercial vehicles at present. In future, two-wheelers will also get this facility. Vehicles registered at stations are being given new batteries in lieu of fixed charges. Along with this, a smart card will also be given.
Some special boxes are installed at the stations. The battery will be kept inside these boxes by connecting to the battery charging socket. When the driver scans his card like an ATM, the box with full charged battery will open automatically.  The driver will be able to leave by putting his discharged battery there and installing the charged battery in the vehicle. This process can be completed in just two to three minutes. The backup capacity of the battery being given from the stations will be 70 km.
According to Nikhil Mathur of Voltup, the company started AC box-stations in Rajasthan, Haryana, UP, Ranchi and Bengal. The company started testing from 2020. In view of the hot weather in the country, the test was conducted in Jaipur. Not to cause the battery to explode due to heat, the LCH system with heat protection was added to the battery.  Along with the battery, the charging stations were also specially designed. The charging box of the station is air conditioned. The temperature always remains between 23 and 25 degree Celsius even during charging and it is controlled by a microprocessor-based system. The charge for charging from the pre-paid system would be deposited in the smart card present with the driver.


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