Is Battery Swapping the new petrol?
EVs were there at the dawn of 20th Century, but slowly instead of their adoption ICE took the cake. While ICE was a better solution at that point in time, EVs found their calling again amidst the growing environmental concerns. Activists like Greta Thunberg are stressing on the need for immediate action to combat climate change.
In the retrospect, should the adoption of EVs continued from what can be seen in the picture with Lady Florence Norman riding an EV, we would have been better off. In an another attempt to adopt EVs, the questions raised are on the long charging( analogous to fuelling) times.
Battery Swapping is a ready fix to the problem at this point in time (MAYBE). But, in the longer run it would do what ICE did to EVs in early 1900s.Battery Swapping needs atleast 30-40% additional spare batteries. This adds to overall cost (deterrent to adoption of EVs? ). The manufacturing, disposal and materials used in batteries have longer term implication on the environment in general. By transitioning to EVs we would offset fuel imports but having more batteries will result in importing more of batteries or materials for manufacture. With not much standardization on the batteries, technology going obsolete , is swapping a long term solution for a problem(charging) worth pursuing.
We are in a phase of understanding the climatic changes and grappling with some changes.We are in a phase of changing people's mindset for adoption electric mobility. At this crucial juncture, we at Cellerite Systems are aiming at solutions that have long term implications on the ecosystem as a whole.We are driving the EV adoption phase steering it through the short term possible solutions.
In many parts of the world, children inherit the wealth and assets from parents. The real wealth we could pass on is a cleaner environment!! Planned transition to electric mobility with futuristic solutions is the way forward. Let's embrace this change for greater good!