The Teleport Mobility swappable battery system, a newly designed open supply commonplace, hopes to make 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 typically die before the automobiles, particularly within the shared e-mobility markets.
In these shared mobility markets, charging is a continuing downside that’s typically solved by a military of unbiased contractors or devoted charging groups who carry scooters round in gas-guzzling vans.
Swedish startup Teleport Mobility’s battery system make sense as a strategy to resolve the problem of dozens of various batteries and discovering methods to cost them. The workforce has a mixed over 100 years of expertise working within the transportation/mobility sector and is making ready to unravel one of many greatest issues within the business.
As Teleport Mobility’s CEO Simon Fellin defined in an announcement supplied to Electrek:
“The tough therapy 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 full manufacturing emissions of a shared car. Nevertheless, since batteries are delicate to each temperature and affect, they don’t final almost so long as the body of the shared car. Driving forwards and backwards to central warehouses, typically in a diesel truck, to swap batteries, additionally accounts for almost all of the operational emissions and virtually half of the price of the mobility operators.”
That’s a problem that Teleport Mobility thinks it may possibly resolve with its new battery commonplace. The packs are present process testing and verification now, and will probably be made out there as an open supply reference design as soon as testing is accomplished. Firms may both lease the packs straight 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 attractive).
Teleport’s patent-pending stations would additionally permit operation as battery banks and energy stations, the place operators akin to companies and accommodations may use them for power storage to save lots of on electrical energy payments, much like a Tesla Powerwall. They may be used for emergency back-up energy.
Teleport defined that mobility operators who incorporate the batteries into their shared automobiles may provide 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 web site 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 improvement accomplice Northvolt to create a 666 Wh pack, which is barely greater than the present common measurement 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 automobiles.
As Simon defined additional:
“We consider that making this battery out there as an open-source venture raises the bar of what’s acceptable within the business. With out high quality batteries constructed into electrical bikes and scooters, shared micro-mobility will probably be unable to dwell as much as its true potential as an environmentally and infection-safe strategy to journey. Now that we’ve proven that a number of operators and suppliers are capable of agree on a typical type issue, we will industrialize the re-use and recycling of battery packs in a means that has not been attainable in micro-mobility earlier than.”
I’m caught someplace between starry-eyed optimism and worrying that that is all simply wishful considering.
Don’t get me mistaken, I might 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 regular can be an enormous enchancment.
That is positively geared extra in direction of the sharing market, however I want it may work within the retail e-bike and e-scooter business as properly, 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 may see this being an enormous 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 present 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 dwelling rooms at night time.
I positively want the Teleport Mobility workforce luck, and hope that their imaginative and prescient turns into a actuality.
What do you suppose? Might a regular like this ever catch on? Tell us within the remark part beneath!
FTC: We use earnings incomes auto affiliate hyperlinks. More.
Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.