Stellantis will start testing battery swap stations capable of delivering a fully charged electric vehicle battery in less than five minutes.
The initial project, which is being run in partnership with Ample, will begin in Madrid in 2024 using a fleet of 100 electric Fiat 500s within Stellantis’ Free2Move car sharing service.
Ample’s batteries are designed to be a drop-in replacement for an OE battery and should mean the recharging process takes no longer than the time it takes to fill a car with petrol or diesel. The swapping stations can be deployed in public areas in just three days.
Ricardo Stamatti, Stellantis senior vice president, charging and energy business unit, said: “The partnership with Ample is another example of how Stellantis is exploring all avenues that enable freedom of mobility for our electric vehicle customers.
“In addition to other projects we are focused on, Ample’s Modular Battery Swapping solution has the opportunity to offer our customers greater energy efficiency, outstanding performance and lower range anxiety.”
Khaled Hassounah, CEO of Ample, added: “At Ample, we believe in the importance of making electric vehicles accessible to everyone without compromises, which is the only way that we will make a significant impact on lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Stellantis’ ambitious electrification goals, its range of electric vehicles, and the commitment of its leadership, make Stellantis a perfect partner in achieving our goals.
“The combination of offering compelling electric vehicles 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.”