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DBT and Matra showcase battery swapping station for electric bikes and scooters at EVS26

DBT CEV, one of the largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure firms in Europe, and Matra, a leading manufacturer of Light Electric Vehicles are introducing the Bat’Lib system, a battery swapping station for e-bikes and e-scooters, at EVS 26 in Los Angeles.

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Bat’Lib station. Credit: DBT CEV/Matra. Click to enlarge.

The Bat’Lib station allows a user to exchange an empty battery for a full one in less than 10 seconds rather than waiting a few hours for the empty battery to recharge. The system is suited for electric bike and scooter commercial fleet owners, tour companies, and vehicle sharing programs. Bat’Lib also enables the development of a variety of new business models for renting or leasing batteries and charging services separately from the vehicle purchase.

The Bat’Lib swapping station features ten battery charging ports and its small footprint minimizes space requirements. One port is always kept open to accept a new empty battery while the remaining ports can simultaneously charge nine batteries. The system can be limited to registered users through an RFID system. Upon arrival, the driver removes the empty battery from the vehicle, swipes the RFID card, and inserts the empty battery into the open port. Upon receiving the empty battery, the Bat’Lib immediately opens the door for one of the fully-charged batteries which is ready for immediate use.

The Matra-designed battery pack is built by Chicago-based AllCell Technologies and utilizes AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology, which increases energy density, enhances safety, and dramatically extends battery cycle life.

Comments

HarveyD

This is a good solution for many people without adequate or easy access to charging facilities. It would be wise to take high definition bio-metric photos of people exchanging batteries to reduce theft and apply charges for damaged batteries.

Davemart

This is an application where I can see fuel cells working. In Taiwan they have trialed hydrogen cylinders in scooters, so you simply get a new cylinder.
Relatively poor energetics don't matter too much with these very economical vehicles, and it would clean up the appalling pollution from two strokes.

kelly

Could help fix http://www.wired.com/autopia/tag/2012-zero-ds/ recharge type complaints.

Henry Gibson

A one kg RCV range extender generator can eliminate most on the road battery swaps or charge stops. And containers of liquid ammonia would be available for zero carbon operation of a spark ignition engine. Otherwise bioethanol could be used. ..HG..

mahonj

Keep it simple:

They say "is suited for electric bike and scooter commercial fleet owners, tour companies, and vehicle sharing programs"

i.e. where someone brings in a depleted bike and wants to go straight out again.

It is not needed for personal use as an EV owner should have made their own plans for charging (home / work).

It isn't such a big deal, just a nice niche application of battery swapping.

However, it IS nice - you can pack up 10 batteries in one charger, you change them by hand (no robots needed) etc.

It just shows that 2 wheeled EVs are a good idea as the cost and size of the battery is much more manageable.

ToppaTom

That's why God gave us 2 legs.

You want to ride? You get 2 wheels.

You want 4 wheels, get a car pool mate - it's nature's way.

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