The Teleport Mobility swappable battery system, a newly designed open supply commonplace, hopes to create some order within the Wild West of e-bike and e-scooter battery packs.
Electrical bikes and e-scooters are great, hands down. However what about their batteries?
With every firm working their very own proprietary batteries, these packs are sometimes the weak hyperlinks. Replacements are annoying to search out and the packs themselves usually die prior to the autos, particularly within the shared e-mobility markets.
In these shared mobility markets, charging is a continuing drawback that’s usually solved by a military of impartial contractors or devoted charging groups who carry scooters round in gas-guzzling vans.
Swedish startup Teleport Mobility’s battery system is sensible as a option to clear up the difficulty of dozens of various batteries and discovering methods to cost them. The staff has greater than 100 years of expertise mixed working within the transportation/mobility sector and is making ready to unravel one of many largest issues within the business.
As Teleport Mobility’s CEO Simon Fellin defined in a press release supplied to Electrek:
The cruel remedy that shared e-scooter and e-bike batteries obtain is the reason for greater than half of life-cycle emissions of the business. Battery pack manufacturing accounts for about one-third, or roughly 60 kg CO2-eq of the overall manufacturing emissions of a shared automobile. Nevertheless, since batteries are delicate to each temperature and impression, they don’t final almost so long as the body of the shared automobile. Driving forwards and backwards to central warehouses, usually in a diesel truck, to swap batteries, additionally accounts for almost all of the operational emissions and nearly half of the price of the mobility operators.
That’s a problem that Teleport Mobility thinks it might probably clear up with its new battery commonplace. The packs are present process testing and verification now, and will probably be made accessible as an open supply reference design as soon as testing is accomplished. Firms might both lease the packs instantly from Teleport Mobility, or they might design and construct their very own, pending rigorous security verification that the packs are constructed to the technical commonplace.
To assist get the batteries out into the general public, Teleport Mobility needs to create a community of battery swapping stations (suppose Gogoro’s giant battery swapping network, however possibly not fairly as horny).
Teleport’s patent-pending stations would additionally permit operation as battery banks and energy stations, the place operators corresponding to companies and inns might use them for power storage to save lots of on electrical energy payments, just like a Tesla Powerwall. They may be used for emergency backup energy.
Teleport defined that mobility operators who incorporate the batteries into their shared autos might supply reductions to riders who swap a charged battery at a station, thereby eliminating the necessity for a devoted charging workforce. And companies that set up Teleport’s battery stations on website may benefit from elevated guests.
Come for the battery swap, keep for the slushee. Or one thing like that.
Teleport will probably be launching battery swapping pilot packages in northern Europe with choose companions subsequent month, with a extra prolonged launch deliberate for the 2021 season.
The batteries themselves are 14S packs, roughly equal to 52V nominal voltage, which is frequent in many electric bicycles on the market. The packs use 21700-size cylindrical cells from Teleport’s growth accomplice Northvolt to create a 666 Wh pack, which is barely greater than the present common dimension for many e-bike and e-scooter batteries.
The open supply nature of those batteries is designed to assist take away one of many largest downsides of micro-mobility autos.
As Simon defined additional:
We consider that making this battery accessible as an open supply venture raises the bar of what’s acceptable within the business. With out high quality batteries constructed into electrical bikes and scooters, shared micromobility will probably be unable to reside as much as its true potential as an environmentally and infection-safe option to journey. Now that now we have proven that a number of operators and suppliers are in a position to agree on a typical kind issue, we can industrialize the reuse and recycling of battery packs in a means that has not been doable in micromobility earlier than.
I’m caught someplace between starry-eyed optimism and worrying that that is all simply wishful pondering.
Don’t get me improper, I’d LOVE to see one battery commonplace develop into frequent throughout e-bikes and/or e-scooters. Even when the design constraints of a single battery commonplace meant that it wasn’t universally adopted, simply a big portion of the market sharing a normal could be an enormous enchancment.
That is positively geared extra towards the sharing market, however I want it might work within the retail e-bike and e-scooter business as effectively, the place many firms get pleasure from the monopoly of selling replacement batteries that fit only their bikes.
Whereas the retail market isn’t prone to leap at this chance, I might see this being a giant boon to shared operators who may benefit from outsourcing battery design and administration. Incentivizing riders to swap and cost the batteries as a part of the prevailing rent-ride-return mannequin would assist take away the necessity to function a community of quasi-legal gig-economy chargers battling it out to cost a half-dozen scooters of their residing rooms at evening.
I positively want the Teleport Mobility staff luck, and hope that their imaginative and prescient turns into a actuality.
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