Stellantis has signed a deal to work on integrating California-based Ample’s modular battery swapping solution in its EVs.
Ample’s modular batteries fit into any EV and work alongside its lightweight battery swapping stations, which can be deployed in public areas in three days.
The programme will initially begin in Europe in 2024, using a fleet of Fiat 500e’s run by Free2move, Stellantis’ car sharing division, in Madrid, Spain.
When an Ample-fitted EV approaches a swapping station, the vehicle is immediately recognised.
When parked inside, the driver initiates the battery swap from the mobile app, resulting in a fully charged battery in less than five minutes.
Stellantis says the technology will be made available to EV customers on a subscription basis.
Ricardo Stamatti, Stellantis senior vice president, Charging & 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.
“We are looking forward to executing the initial programme with our stellar Fiat 500e.”
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.”