Electric Vehicle industry is gradually growing in all the nations around the world. The automobile companies are in favor of replacing the combustion engine vehicles with EVs. Therefore, the companies have started to focus and research more the E-Mobility and its efficiency. Since the batteries in an electric car are one of the most crucial and expensive components, the OEMs and other automobile companies have started to invest in lithium-ion battery technologies. With the manufacturing of EVs have started on such a large scale, there is a responsibility to construct and install comprehensive charging infrastructures, like Battery swapping stations (BSS) and a network of recharging stations.
Battery swaps and Charging Stations
Battery swaps and charging stations are the two primary methods of recharging the drained batteries of the electric vehicle. The charging stations allow the drivers to recharge the depleted battery of their EVS. Whereas battering swapping is an option to swap the drained batteries with a fully charged battery pack. There is a place called Battery Swapping Station or BSS, which has a stack of a large number of charged battery packs that can easily be swapped with the drained battery.
Although the electric vehicle is the future of mobility, it still has numerous problems that need to be fixed soon. First of all, the EVs cost too much compared to traditional combustion vehicles. Secondly, electric vehicle manufacturers are unable to increase the range of an EV. And the last is a long time required to recharge the EV battery pack. The EV industry can overcome these problems by introducing and spreading a network of efficient charging infrastructure.
A regular battery charger takes approximately 8 hours to charge the electric car completely. And the DC fast charger manages to charge 80% of the battery in around 45 minutes. But it is still a long time to wait as compared to the refueling of combustion engine vehicles. On the other hand, swapping a battery pack and replacing it with a charged battery will take then less than a minute if handled efficiently. It is a very efficient and time-saving method to recharge your electric vehicle battery on the go.
Is the battery swapping the next big thing?
Yes, we can consider that the Battery Swap Station (BSS) infrastructure will grow in the coming years. There are many advantages of BSS as compared to using charging stations for recharging the electric vehicle battery. First and foremost, it saves a lot of time as compared to regular plug-in charging. In countries like India, where the electric rickshaws and 2-wheelers are gaining popularity and trust, the number of owners of EVs is gradually increasing. Hence millions of people can’t stand and wait for a long duration of time while recharging batteries at charging stations. Therefore, the replacement and swapping of battery packs will solve this problem.
Secondly, the batteries will last longer when swapped. It is because if we opt to recharge the battery packs at charging stations, the battery may get damaged due to unfavorable conditions and continuous fast charging. Therefore, BSS ensures charging the used battery packs in ambient conditions while slowly charging the packs. Lastly, the battery packs in electric cars are one of the most expensive components. Hence, while opting for battery swapping, we can separate the cost of batteries from the vehicle, which can reduce the overall EV cost.
To spread awareness and promote the use of electric vehicles, it is very crucial to ensure consumer’s convenience and reliability. The battery swapping is a very efficient, convenient, and quick technique to recharge the drained battery. In countries like India, where the number of EV users can grow larger than the population of some countries, it is vital to ensure easy accessibility and availability of the desired resources. The battery swapping can help in reducing the overall EV cost, overcoming the problem of long charging time and lesser range of EV, and will easily convince people to go for electric vehicles.