TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding "EV charging solutions are evolving as demand grows," Ganesh V. Iyer, autonews.com, July 17: Here's what a battery-swapping network could do:
- Eliminate three basic blocks to electric vehicle adoption: range anxiety, high upfront price, long time to recharge.
- Trigger the production of cheaper sodium ion batteries with no need of price-prohibitive lithium and cobalt. There would be so many advantages, such as the elimination of expensive liquid-cooling flow systems, thus allowing the possibility of instant swapping.
- Allow coast-to-coast traveling with unprecedented independence.
- Replace costly battery banks and awkward technologies such as using gravity for energy storage, while making a profit and providing sustainable transportation.
- Make more sense by storing and distributing energy using intelligent and integrated solutions all around.
- Curb designers' efforts to add weight to vehicles to reach 1,000 kilometers in one charge.
- Add resale value to the vehicle, unattached to the battery.
- Attract utilities as well as oil companies to invest in the cause.
- Make Silicon Valley and other tech giants replace their diesel generators with battery-swapping units.
- Provide widespread adoption of EVs to the masses.
ROBERTO DePASCHOAL, CEO, New Vision Technologies Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, New Vision Technologies conducts research on technologies related to EVs and their infrastructure.