The alliance facilitates a convenient battery network as BPCL can leverage its existing 12,000 gas stations to erect the battery swapping stations, making it very convenient for passengers to access them.
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Kinetic Green Energy, Power Solutions Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) have signed an agreement for the launch of “e-Drive” initiative – an electric vehicle mobility solution based on swappable battery technology.
Under the alliance, a range of Electric three-wheelers, specially designed for facilitating swappable battery and a 2-minute battery swap will be deployed by Kinetic Green and BPCL, with support from IIT Madras, will provide smart Lithium-ion batteries and set up battery swapping stations across the country. The Kinetic-BPCL solution has already been implemented on a fleet of Kinetic Green E3W at Kochi and Lucknow. The vehicles under the swappable platform are deployed near the high traffic metro stations and offer last-mile connectivity to passengers at just Rs. 10! The operation runs from 6 am to 10 pm and drivers can opt for 1 or multiple swaps per day. The partners will now expand the alliance to cover many more cities across the country over next few months.