SUN Mobility and Amazon India partner to fast-track EV adoption in Maharashtra
Battery swapping solutions provider, SUN Mobility in a strategic collaboration with e-commerce major, Amazon India, launched its first battery-swapping point in Mumbai today.
The battery swapping point was unveiled through a virtual meeting by Chetan Maini, Chairman SUN Mobility; Abhinav Singh, Director, Amazon; Diego Graffi, CEO, Piaggio, and Anant Badjatya, CEO, SUN Mobility will serve electric two-wheelers and electric three-wheelers in the city.
"Today's announcement of SUN Mobility launching their battery swapping operations with Amazon in Maharashtra is yet another step toward achieving our goal of clean mobility in the state. I congratulate SUN Mobility, Amazon, Piaggio and their partners on this occasion," said Aditya Thackeray, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Maharashtra Government
"I'm excited to see innovative technologies and models in mobility, like battery swapping, emerge in Maharashtra, that can be taken to the rest of the country and the world."
The State Minister for Environment and Climate Change though could not join live for the virtual inaugural, he shared his message with the industry.
SUN Mobility has the target of deploying 2000 swap points across Maharashtra by 2025 with an investment of over ₹ 2200 crores. This investment, SUN Mobility estimates, will support over 2 lakh e-2Ws and e-3Ws clocking over 3 lakh swaps per day.
Beginning with Mumbai, the swapping station will come up in Pune, Nashik and other cities across Maharashtra.
"Last mile delivery segment is the most ripe for electrification and the scale up of our electric Mobility-as-a-Service across Amazon's last mile delivery network, is a testimony to the cost effectiveness and operational effectiveness of battery swapping technology," said Chetan Maini, Chairman SUN Mobility.
"Our aim to transform the last mile delivery sector by enabling e-commerce companies and fleet operators with clean mobility solutions built on the principles of safety, reliability and favorable economics."
According to SUN Mobility, the swapping infrastructure is expected to create 3000+ direct jobs and support over 2,00,000 self-employed/fleet-employed EV users, and the SUN Mobility Swap Point network is expected to reduce vehicular CO2 emissions by up to 3 lakh tonnes per annum.
"Our collaboration with SUN Mobility is yet another step in the direction of building this fleet and enabling it with industry-leading battery swap technology," said Abhinav Singh, Director, Customer fulfillment, supply chain, and global specialty fulfilment, Amazon India. "Maharashtra is a very important state and has a significant delivery network and with this cross-industry collaboration, we will be able to deliver packages to a large customer base more sustainably."