Most CleanTechnica readers in all probability assume battery swapping is an concept whose time has come and gone. There is probably not any battery swapping stations within the US, however there are many them in China and, because of Nio, just a few of them are popping up in Norway as properly. Little doubt Europe will see extra of them earlier than lengthy.
Till now, solely EV producers have promoted the concept of battery swap stations, however CnEVPost experiences battery producer CATL has signed a partnership settlement with Guizhou Province in southwest China that can result in the creation of a battery swap community in that area. CATL and the Guizhou provincial authorities signed the settlement on December 24 in Guiyang, the province’s capital, in keeping with an announcement from the battery maker.
CATL and the provincial authorities will cooperate within the building of a community of battery swap services for electrical automobiles, work to enhance the battery swap capability within the province, and promote the event of the electrical automobile trade, CATL stated. It’s unclear whether or not CATL will construct its personal model of battery swap stations instantly or work with different battery swap operators reminiscent of Nio. There’s a risk the intent of the partnership is to service the taxi trade within the province. CnEVPost says a picture appeared on social media earlier this month confirmed that CATL already has its personal model of battery swap stations.
This isn’t the primary time CATL has proven help for the battery swap mannequin. Final August, Nio launched its battery as a service rental enterprise in cooperation with Mirattery, a three way partnership between CATL, Nio, and Guotai Junan Worldwide Holdings. Hubei Science Know-how Funding Group is the supervisor of the three way partnership. Nio is the biggest shareholder in Mirattery, with 19.84% of the registered capital. Guotai, Hubei, and CATL all maintain 13.32% of the shares.
On December 6, Nio and Sinopec Guizhou signed a cooperation settlement and put their first collectively constructed battery swap station within the province into operation. That is the third Nio battery swap station in Guizhou, which is a much less developed area of China. Nowadays, there are fewer than 10 swap stations in Guizhou.
Will we ever see battery swap stations in North America? Nio is dedicated to the concept and has lately marketed just a few job openings in California. It has ambitions to enter the North American market and it it does, it could convey the concept of battery as a service and swap stations with it.
There are some points of battery swapping that make a number of sense. It eliminates one of many fears that individuals contemplating the acquisition of electrical automobile say they fear about, specifically getting caught with a giant invoice to exchange a battery just a few years later if the one which comes with the automobile fails. Something that takes away concern of the unknown is an effective factor and for that cause alone, battery swapping could also be a really interesting concept to some EV drivers.
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