Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of mobility, and the major obstacle to the large adoption of EVs is the lack of charging infrastructure. But now, it’s changing to some extent because of innovative companies like SUN Mobility.
Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Bengaluru, SUN Mobility is a leading company providing an extensive network of swappable batteries all over India, and globally, with its distinctive future-proof technology.
With solutions for 2 and 3-wheeler electric vehicles and e-buses, the company collaborates with vehicle manufacturers, battery cell tech providers, etc to expand the usage of EVs around the world.
The Battery Swapping Technology
A company that strongly believes that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of mobility, SUN Mobility has a goal of making EVs affordable and accessible to everyone. The company does this by using its advanced battery swapping technology which is still in the works in India.
This technology involves replacing depleted electric vehicle batteries with fully charged ones, enhancing the efficiency and convenience of electric vehicle usage, while also reducing its cost.
“Swappable batteries address key EV adoption issues such as — high upfront costs, range anxiety and long refuelling time,” says their website. For this technology to work with ease, the company has placed quick interchange stations with a 2-minute swap mechanism.
One of the largest obstacles to the mass adoption of electric vehicles in India is the lack of charging infrastructure across the country, and the increased cost of batteries. With this revolutionary technology, users can replace their EV batteries in seconds at swapping stations, without having to wait for hours for them to charge.
This also saves them a ton of money as there remains no need to buy new batteries, simply swapping the depleted ones with newer ones is enough. The adoption of this technology at a large scale combined with the widespread use of electric vehicles in India can contribute to achieving its goals of climate change by the year 2030.
Journey of the Founders of SUN Mobility
Chetan Maini, the chairman and co-founder of SUN Mobility, is the founder of India’s first car company, Mahindra Reva, which saw massive success with its presence in more than 24 countries. Having been passionate about EVs since the very beginning, he has over 25 years of experience in this realm and is now recognized as a pioneer in the electric vehicle space globally.
In 2017, he joined hands with Uday Khemka, vice-chairman of the SUN Group, and the vision of making electric mobility solutions came to life, in the form of SUN Mobility. With over 30 years of experience, he is extremely passionate about clean energy.
Ajay Goel is the co-founder and Executive Director of SUN Mobility and has been thriving in the clean mobility space for the past 12 years. After having a successful career in the US, he came back to India in 2012 and boosted his career here.
Anant Badjatya, CEO, is a general management professional with over 20 years of experience across various domains. Prior to SUN Mobility, he was the CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company.
This is one of those rare cases where extreme passion meets unparalleled technology and innovation. And now it’s about time for innovation to meet the change that the world so desperately needs.
With its ingenious technology, the company is already helping thousands of drivers across India earn more and drive conveniently. “Because of SUN Mobility’s battery swapping technology, we are now doing about 150kms per day! This has helped our earnings a lot,” says one grateful driver from Chandigarh.
SUN Mobility is now also on its way to completing its goal of providing electricity to 10 lakh EVs by the end of the year 2025.
The company also participated in the Entrepreneurship World Cup 2019, ending up in the top 5 out of 1,00,000 participants. By far, it is the only Indian company ever to make its way into the #GlobalCleanTech100 list, and its clean mission has also been appreciated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz when he gave the company’s development centre a visit in Bengaluru.