POWERSWAP - BATTERY CARTRIDGE EV'S
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DUAL FUEL - There are a few petrol stations (especially in Europe) that offer petrol, diesel and LPG, so why not another area for electric vehicles. PowerSwap is ideal for taxis and small cars, where the conversion to existing vehicle designs is containable.
The strategy stalled with Tesla and
failed with Better
Place in 2013, but the Swedish company, PowerSwap
AB, considers that battery swapping makes sense for EVs. They
join the Chinese company, NIO
and the Czech company BattSwap
in the belief that cartridge exchange is the
Power Swap’s mission is to revolutionize the way we use electric vehicles by eliminating the problems with long charging times, high prices, limited range and inadequate “refueling” infrastructure.
Powerswap AB is a spin-off from Fuelmatics AB, the originator of completely automatic refuelling with liquid fuels. The Powerswap battery swap system offers cord-free ‘refuelling’ of EVs in three minutes.
Powerswap is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency, Energi-myndigheten, with the goal of enabling a more efficient infrastructure for electric vehicles. The company collaborates with Chinese battery manufacturers and OEMs.
LOW DOWN - We love the fact that this system might bolt to the underside of many production cars, we don't like what looks to be very low ground clearances, though we note that raising the suspension would go a long way to restoring the original safety specifications. Side loading limits the size of batteries to the width between the wheels, unless swiveling the battery cartridge(s), like NIO, and even then the situation in not that much improved, compared to longitudinal loading.
tell you to say goodbye to long charging times! Their battery cartridge is replaced in under 3
minutes - faster than fueling an ordinary
petrol car. The car is no longer
sitting parked for hours during charging.
Said: Sten Corfitsen, founder of Powerswap,
“Our solution is in many ways revolutionary and will change the way we think about EV charging.”
PowerSwap is a fully automatic battery swap system for electric vehicles. With Power Swap you can “refuel” your electric vehicle in 3 minutes – providing uninterrupted e-mobility. With Power Swap, the remaining obstacles with electric vehicles are eliminated, leveraging the market potential beyond early adopters and facilitating the sales growth while enabling a faster transition to a
climate neutral transport infrastructure. Further, by removing the discharged
batteries from the vehicle, they can be charged harmoniously in the battery storage,
reducing peak loads on the grid while being utilized as
renewable energy storage.
LOW DOWN - The system operates with 2 flat battery cartridges which are stored in a compartment on the underside of the car (not as shown above). In the longer term it is anticipated that these will become a part of the vehicle's chassis, but the first step is to bolt on a cassette underneath the vehicle's floorpan.
Powerswap will let you "refuel" your electric vehicle in 3 minutes. By eliminating the remaining problems with long charging times, Powerswap will boost the large scale market expansion with electric vehicles. Instead of connecting a charging cord, Powerswap will replace the empty battery with a fully charged one in no time. Our revolutionary system means a new way to establish a cost efficient infrastructure at existing fuel stations and parking lots.
Our team are experienced "serial innovators" and pioneers with automatic refuelling. This project is a
great challenge but we have found a suitable plan how to start and grow.
CARTRIDGE EXCHANGE - In search for a long-term, sustainable energy solution for passenger and goods transport, the electric car is the modern alternative. However, the electric car has significant obstacles to overcome which are holding back the development.
back to petrol stations
The plan does mean persuading petrol companies to work alongside electrics as part of a phased transition. We hope they will be forward thinking on this.
Priced to Satisfy
Due to the big difference in complexity a Chinese station cost 1,4 MEUR while Powerswap is only 175 000 EUR.
It is unclear how much a cartridge exchange costs including depreciation and what the range is per charge.
- Their strategy is to establish partnerships with major companies, who will add strength to the concept.
- PowerSwap offer no guarantees that better technologies will not be developed.
- If the parameters change regarding the use of hydrogen were to improve, the use of batteries could become obsolete. That said EV battery technology will also develop at the same time.
- Expansion of the system will require additional funding at a later date which is not yet is secured.
Kinesisk batteritillverkare. Konceptet innebär att flera tillverkare kan paketera
sina battericeller i boxar med prismatisk form, vilket skapar möjlighet för en standard att växa fram. Som brukligt börjar standardiseringsarbete med en bra teknisk lösning som tilltalar och skapar fördelar för flera aktörer.
2011 - First patent application was filed
2013 - Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) decide to support early development with 6,5 MSEK
2013 - collaboration agreement was signed with ECar AB for the supply of a modified Fiat Cubo EV for battery swap
2014 - First patent granted
2014-2015 - alternative solutions created for Fiat CuboEV, Tesla and Renault ZOE
2015 - collaboration agreement begins in South Korea
2016 - MOU signed with InfraNeu in Germany
2017 - Letter of Intent from Taxi Stockholm
2017 - Collaboration commenced with Chinese battery maker
2017 - System announced to the media for 2018
EUROPEAN AUTO MANUFACTURERS WITHOUT COMPATIBLE CARTRIDGE EV'S:
Stockholm 183 71
+46 (0)8 22 40 00
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HYDROGEN FUEL CELL CARTRIDGE - It looks like a battery cartridge. It performs like a battery cartridge. It stores energy like a battery cartridge, but it is a hydrogen fuel store and fuel cell cartridge combination. Where lithium and cobalt raw materials may limit the production numbers of EVs as green motoring becomes the norm, hydrogen in a safe format might offer unlimited possibilities. The concept is compatible with SMARTNET FASTCHARGE service stations. NOTE: This is just a concept, not a product yet. More development is needed to before mass production could be entertained.
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