Crayon Motors inks pact with Bounce Infinity to set up interoperated battery network, Auto News, ET Auto


 Mayank Jain
Mayank Jain

New Delhi: Electric two-wheeler startup Crayon Motors and EV battery swapping network provider Bounce Infinity on Wednesday entered into a partnership to establish the “first interoperated battery-swapping network”.

Under this partnership, the EV startup’s customers can choose to buy a 2W or 3W without a battery and make use of Bounce Infinity’s “Battery-as-a-Service,” a joint statement said.

Bounce Infinity will also be extending its “Battery-as-a-Service” to Crayon’s sister 3W brand – “Singham,” the battery swapping network company stated.

With this proposition, Singham vehicles will be now sold under a new variant – “E-Rickshaw with Battery-as-a-Service.

This collaboration will extend battery as a service to all “low powered” and “high powered” 2W’s manufactured by Crayon. The stations at all times, will have charged and ready-to-go batteries; that one can easily swap with their near-empty batteries in under a few minutes.

Speaking about the partnership, Mayank Jain, Co-Founder and Director, Crayon Motors said, “Along with our country-wide Roadside Assistance, we will also now be offering battery swapping…With Crayon Motors battery swapping offering, powered by Bounce Infinity, customers will now be able to move from range anxiety to range serenity or ease. The battery swapping technology will also eliminate charging time.”

While driving an EV, the main concern a customer has is, ‘what if I run out of battery charge in the middle of a highway or a busy road?’ Searching for a battery charging station and then spending hours charging the battery of the vehicle is a time-consuming as well as anxiety-inducing task. If you can access a fully charged battery at that point, the range anxiety then turns to range ease. Plus, the customer does not have to worry about spending hours charging, Jain further added.

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