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Modular battery swapping improves electric vehicle performance

Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles have a major advantage over electric vehicles in one main area: refueling is fast, enabling cars to return to the road in a couple of minutes. However, a recent initiative for modular EV batteries, especially in urban areas, may provide a solution.

A company named Ample has been able to create a Modular Battery swapping technique which it says can be able to produce a full charge in less than 10 minutes, much faster, and almost equal to ICE gas-ups. The technology is EV agnostic and is planned in urban environments for fast deployment. In a recent announcement by Ample’s CoFounders Khaled Hassounah and John de Souza, they said that their system is designed to deploy rapidly and allow a whole metropolitan area to be fitted with an all-encompassing network within weeks while providing electricity cheaply.

The new charge model is very weak. Ample is kept in mind. At present, the operation of an infrastructure charging without government incentives is not profitable. The high-use metro fleets are often unsuited to long-term loading periods. The autonomous battery-swapping station is Ample’s solution. A vehicle drives in, and the station eliminates and recharges drained batteries. Another car will recharge the old battery for reuse.

Ample batteries are intended to be like Lego so that they can be used with different size vehicles and battery banks. Hassounah and Souza wrote that they began with electrifying fleets that will speed up the rollout of a large network and will also help customers. Ample regional deployments are being made at the Bay Area, where they collaborate closely with a large ride-sharing community, distribution of last-mile and local fleet partners.

The project was introduced thanks to a collaboration with Uber and also is supported by more than $70 million in private funding. The network is currently used to charge Uber’s collection of vehicles in San Francisco, and it is supposed to be open to the general public in a few years.

Ample has since deployed two facilities for Uber’s fleet in San Francisco and is planning on installing more stations in a number of other major California cities. By making charging points as easy and open as gas stations, the startup aims to relieve much of the scope anxiety that comes with driving an electric vehicle.

The world’s first integrated battery-swapping device is used by Ample. The modular battery-swapping device functions like “Lego bricks,” according to the firm’s CEO, Khaled Hassounah. The number of battery modules required is determined by the car’s size, as well as the modules can be modified to suit a variety of vehicles.

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