Does new battery swap company "Ample" finally get it right?
A new company offering battery swap for EVs launches today. They convert the car's battery pack to use standardize 2.5kwh modules, and cheap robotic stations swap them out. Battery swap has a number of useful advantages, but it's failed before because it's not actually that great a solution for private car owners, and it standardizes the most important area of EV innovation.
It's not a great solution because it's gasoline thinking. EV owners who have garages charge at home and almost never charge elsewhere, so swap gets them nothing except on long road trips. But Ample is correctly aimed at fleets -- Uber drivers, delivery vans -- for whom gasoline thinking can make sense. It's quite expensive, though.
Read my detailed analysis of all the factors in a new Forbes site article at: “Ample” Launches New Battery Swap For EVs That Could Avoid The Failures Of Previous Ventures