The fastest EV charging stations available currently will take about 30 minutes to charge an empty battery to about 80%. Ample, a start-up company, offers to bring down the charging time to 10 minutes through swapping in their Ample Stations.
Many giant automakers are shifting to Electric Vehicles, one major issue being faced is battery charging. Currently, the fastest EV charging stations take around 30 minutes to charge an empty battery to about 80%. Ample is working on bringing down the charging time. By swapping the empty battery with the fully charged ones, customers will only wait for 10 minutes.
Ample Stations are fully automated
A start-up company Ample officially launched two swapping stations in San Francisco and another one in Oakland. Ample will use robots to pluck out empty battery packs from under the car and replace it with a fully charged battery that is ready to go. And this process will only take about 10 minutes.
The sites for the Ample stations will be strategically close to power sources for practical reasons. The stations are fully automated and the driver doesn’t even need to go out of the car while the battery is being replaced. Communications with the station can be done through the smartphone app.
Easy to set up and more efficient
The good thing about the Ample stations is that it only takes around a couple of weeks to set up, says the company CEO Khaled Hassounah. An Ample station takes up at least two parking spaces and can be moved around. It easily fits into any typical neighborhoods. No need to drill or do any permanent construction into the pavement, like other charging stations.
Ample stations can be more efficient than plug-in stations. They can schedule the charging time during low peak times. And capitalized on the opportunities when the grid uses more renewable energy, like wind and solar.
At present, the Ample bots can replace the EV battery in about 10 minutes. But the company is trying to do what it can to improve more. It aims to further bring down the time to just five minutes. The pricing including this service is still being worked out, but the company assures that it’s going to be comparable to filling up gasoline. A Tesla Supercharger charging session that gives 250 miles range of battery costs about $22.
Working with EV automakers for Ample Stations compatibility
Since January, Ample has partnered with Uber drivers who can rent EV cars that are compatible with their stations. Ample desires that these Uber drivers will eventually afford to buy their own new EV that works well at Ample stations.
Nissan is one of the five automakers that Ample is already working with. The company asked for the right time to reveal the full list of companies they are currently working with.
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