The solution has replacing the battery by a robotic device instead of charging the vehicle
A Swedish start-up, Powerswap AB, has an innovative solution for charging electric vehicles. The battery is replaced with the help of a robotic device in three minutes, rather than connecting the cord and waiting for the car to be charged. StenCorfitsen, founder of Powerswap said, “Our solution is in many ways revolutionary and will change the way we think about EV charging.”
The goal of using the already well-established refueling infrastructure, fuel stations has been created with the technical concept. Corfitsen remarked that it is better if we do not have to establish a completely new infrastructure just because we want to use EVs instead of fossil fuel cars. By installing robotic swap units at fuel stations and parking lots, we will gain a cost-efficient solution for the transition to a dominant electric transport sector.
Earlier battery swap trials have been based on building new swap stations and which are expensive and require new land from which Powerswap is very different. Powerswap handles the swap of batteries from the side, which is more optimal when it comes to automation. This is another difference.
Corfitsen expressed confidence that they have created something that will lead to faster expansion for EVs. Taxi companies and other transportation fleets are suitable niches for our introduction because their operations have no time available for prolonged charging. The company has received a Letter of Intent from Taxi Stockholm, the biggest taxi company in Sweden.
Automatic battery swap have the following advantages:Faster than filling a fossil fuel car and hence no time needed for charging; during refueling (charging), the car is not out of use; the price of an EV could be made less than that of a fossil fuel car since the EV can be sold without the battery; when enhanced technology is available, the battery will be leased and can be renewed; batteries can be given a suitable amount of time for charging, which lowers the peaks in demand and the stress on the grid, given the stress on the battery is significantly reduced. PWKD07122017
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