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Elevating EVs: Stellantis and Ample's Groundbreaking Partnership Insights

Discover the potential of battery-swapping technology in enhancing electric mobility. Stellantis and Ample's partnership seeks to make EVs more accessible.

Maria Guerra, Senior Editor-Battery Technology

December 7, 2023

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Fiat500e inside Ample's battery swapping station.Courtesy of Ample.

Battery swapping holds immense potential to revolutionize electric mobility by drastically reducing charging times, addressing range anxiety, and making electric vehicles (EVs) more accessible. Battery swapping technology allows EV owners to exchange their depleted batteries for fully charged ones, making recharging as quick and convenient as refueling a traditional gasoline vehicle. Stellantis and Ample, two significant players in the automotive industry, have recently announced a groundbreaking partnership to integrate Ample’s modular battery-swapping solution into Stellantis EVs.

The partnership's initial phase is set to kick off in Madrid, Spain, in 2024, utilizing a fleet of 100 Fiat 500e vehicles within Stellantis' Free2move car-sharing service. Given the popularity of the Fiat 500e in the global market and its prominence in various European markets, this strategic move aims to showcase the viability and effectiveness of Ample's modular battery-swapping technology.

Ample's solution is designed to be a drop-in replacement for original EV batteries, facilitating seamless integration into existing EV platforms without requiring extensive reengineering. The CEO of Ample, Khaled Hassounah, emphasized the significance of making EVs accessible to everyone without compromises. Hassounah stated, “The combination of offering compelling EVs that can also receive a full charge in less than five minutes will help remove the remaining impediments to electric vehicle adoption. We look forward to working with Stellantis to deploy our joint solution across communities around the world.”

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Ample's collaboration with Stellantis is not the company's first venture into battery-swapping technology. In a notable partnership, Ample had previously joined forces with Mitsubishi Fuso, a renowned manufacturer of commercial vehicles, to equip their electric trucks with Ample's modular battery-swapping solution. This other collaboration demonstrates the versatility and adaptability of Ample's technology, extending its benefits beyond passenger vehicles to address the unique needs of the commercial electric vehicle sector. The experience gained from such collaborations could further enhance the credibility and reliability of Ample's modular battery-swapping solutions, reinforcing its potential impact across diverse segments of the EV market.

Battery-swapping technology holds significant promise in accelerating EV adoption. The ability to recharge an EV in less than five minutes addresses a critical concern for many potential EV buyers. However, there are still challenges ahead, including the need for extensive infrastructure development, standardization hurdles due to diverse battery formats, potential high costs impacting consumer adoption, regulatory compliance, and limited initial compatibility among EV models.

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If executed effectively, battery-swapping technology could play a pivotal role in shaping the future of electric mobility, making it more accessible and convenient for a broader range of consumers. The partnership between Stellantis and Ample is a positive step in this direction, and the upcoming deployment in Madrid will provide valuable insights into the technology's real-world effectiveness and acceptance among consumers.

About the Author(s)

Maria Guerra

Senior Editor-Battery Technology, Informa Markets Engineering

Battery Technology Senior Editor Maria L. Guerra is an electrical engineer with a background in Oil & Gas consulting and experience as a Power/Analog Editor for Electronic Design.  Maria graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). She combines her technical expertise with her knack for writing. 

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