Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) start-up, VoltUp has collaborated with BPCL to set up 650 swapping stations with over 7,800 charging docks across 50 cities in the next three years. The company launched 3 battery swapping stations in BPCL retail outlets in Mumbai and by next year, it will install 150 swapping stations across India in association with BPCL.
Through this alliance, VoltUp is transforming densely populated areas with smart swapping solutions every 3-4 km and will be expanding its reach across Mumbai with 40 stations at BPCL alone and strengthen its footprint in Delhi/NCR with over 50 stations this year. In the next 3 years, VoltUp & BPCL shall cover top 50 cities including Delhi NCR, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Indore Surat, Kolkata among others which contribute 40 per cent of the automotive population. These cities with high traffic density and high propensity for ride share and ride hail as well as last mile logistics fulfilment making swapping essential to accelerate EV adoption by creating time efficiencies.
The VoltUp – BPCL partnership will be catering to battery swapping of over 45,000 e2&3-wheelers per day, in the next three years. With the addition of new locations in Mumbai, VoltUp now has over 110 stations with over 1300 docks across 10 cities and 8 states.
Adoption of swappable battery e-2 wheelers is rising with delivery agents opting for minimal downtime and low running cost. With Mumbai being one of the early adopters of e-2 wheelers with swappable batteries, VoltUp has been consistently increasing its presence in the city to support the growing demand.
On the partnership with BPCL, Siddharth Kabra, Co-Founder & CEO – VoltUp, said, “Battery swapping is witnessing a surge in key cities of India. From low running cost, almost nil downtime for last mile delivery agents to requirement of minimal space and safety because of batteries being charged under a controlled environment is leading to its adoption. In a country like India with expanding delivery fleet of e-2&3 wheelers, battery swapping is going to play a key role in the adoption of e-fleets. Our partnership with BPCL, who has an exhaustive and extensive network will foster the growth of battery swapping adoption in densely populated cities.”
VoltUp has been consistently increasing its footprint across the country. In September 2022, VoltUp became the first battery swapping company in the country to forge a partnership with Infrastructure, OEM and Last Mile partners to boost smart mobility in Mumbai with a complete green energy solution.
Advanced Lithium batteries will be provided as a subscription to lower the initial investment in the e-2 wheelers. It offers battery swapping in less than 1 minute through VoltUp’s dedicated network of charging zones to enable smooth and uninterrupted transport operations. The service networks, will provide complete maintenance, service support to battery on the platform. The smart stations will be monitored via an Ops engine to maintain battery charging temperatures and cell balancing for higher efficiencies.