This Company Says it Can Swap Electric Vehicle Batteries in 10 Minutes
As carmakers increasingly shift their attention to electric vehicles, much of the competition for a piece of the future of driving focuses on electric vehicle batteries. Not just how far they can go on a single charge, but how quickly they can be replenished
Enter: Ample, the Silicon Valley startup that says it can fully charge an electric car in as little as 10 minutes. The company is working with five unidentified automakers to build vehicles with battery structures that work with its speedy battery-swapping stations, according to a recent report from Car and Driver.
“The twist compared to many previous battery-swapping ideas is that instead of replacing one large single battery, the system instead replaces multiple smaller battery packs during a swap,” Car and Driver’s Roberto Baldwin. “It's hoping the ability to recharge an EV in just 10 minutes will appeal to fleets, and its first customers will be Uber drivers.”
Ample is currently testing charging stations in California. It is also working with the unidentified carmakers - which reportedly includes Nissan - to build systems that can accept Ample’s batteries.
Anyone who drives an electric vehicle is likely to smile at the thought of less time at charging stations. But Ample is specifically focusing on fleet vehicles and others that frequently log long hours on the road, like taxis, rideshare vehicles and those used for deliveries.
“Long charge times put electric vehicles at a significant disadvantage to gasoline for many use cases, including high-utilization fleets, drivers without access to overnight charging and long-range driving,” company founders Khaled Hassounah and John de Souza said in a recent blog post.
Ample has raised some $70 million from investors to solve those problems, TechCrunch reports.
Electric Car Defects and Your Legal Rights
While the future of driving increasingly looks electric, carmakers are still struggling to put cars on the road that are safe to drive today.
Hyundai, for example, recently announced that it is recalling some 82,000 electric vehicles that the company says could unexpectedly burst into flames. The defect puts not only drivers and passengers but also everyone else on the road, at risk.
That is where the California lemon law comes in to protect car owners in the Golden State. The law requires manufacturers to perform repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty and to buy back or replace cars that the company is unwilling or unable to fix.
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