Stellantis Partners With Ample To Provide Battery Swaps For EVs

Fully Charge Your Electric Vehicle In Just 5 Minutes...

Stellantis and Ample have signed a binding agreement to establish a partnership in electric vehicle (EV) battery charging technology capable of delivering a fully charged EV battery in less than five minutes. The two partners have agreed to work toward integrating Ample’s Modular Battery Swapping solution in Stellantis electric vehicles. Battery swapping technology allows an EV customer who stops at a battery swapping station to have its depleted EV battery swapped out for a fully charged battery in minutes.

Stellantis / Ample Partnership Battery Swap. (Ample).

Ample aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and sustainable transportation energy globally. The company is pioneering a new energy delivery method through modular battery swapping that can deliver 100% charge to any EV in under 5 minutes.

The two companies are also discussing expanding the application of Ample’s Modular Battery Swapping Technology to meet Stellantis fleet and consumer demand across other Stellantis platforms and geographies.

The initial program will begin in Madrid, Spain, in 2024 using a fleet of 100 Fiat 500e’s within Stellantis’ Free2move car-sharing service. The Fiat 500e is the highest-selling EV within Stellantis, sold globally, and is an EV leader in multiple European markets.

“The partnership with Ample is another example of how Stellantis is exploring all avenues that enable freedom of mobility for our electric vehicle customers,” said Ricardo Stamatti, Stellantis Senior Vice President, Charging & Energy Business Unit.  “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 program with our stellar Fiat 500e.” 

Stellantis / Ample Partnership Battery Swap. (Ample).

“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,” said Khaled Hassounah, CEO of Ample. “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.”

Ample’s technology provides an alternative way to deliver energy to electric vehicles, making the refueling experience as fast and convenient as refueling with gas while offering a green solution to customers that can more seamlessly integrate renewable energy sources.

Ample batteries are designed to be a drop-in replacement for an electric vehicle’s original battery. This is made possible by Ample’s modular batteries, which can fit into any electric vehicle and would allow Stellantis to integrate Ample’s technology without reengineering its vehicle platforms.

Stellantis / Ample Partnership Battery Swap. (Ample).

In addition, Ample’s lightweight battery-swapping stations can be deployed in public areas in as little as three days, allowing for a rapidly scalable infrastructure that can meet drivers’ demands. When an Ample-enabled EV approaches the Ample station, the station immediately recognizes the vehicle. Once parked inside, the driver initiates the battery swap from the mobile app, resulting in a fully charged battery in less than five minutes.

Ample’s Modular Battery Swapping solution is designed to be fast and cost-effective, thereby minimizing the time when electric vehicles are out-of-service and related financial impacts. Ample’s battery technology would be made available to EV customers on a subscription basis. This approach would reduce the upfront total cost of the vehicle and allow the customer to benefit from always having the latest battery technology, effectively increasing the EV’s range and lifespan.

Ample was named among Fast Company’s Next Big Things in Tech 2023 – Winner of Transportation Category, TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies of 2023, XPRIZE’s XB100 Top Private Deep Tech Companies of 2023, Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas and 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2022, and TIME’s Best Inventions in 2021. 

Source: Ample and Stellantis

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THIS is the technology that I've been waiting for and 'should' be a game-changer if certain matters are worked-out I would think(?). However, there are still questions and concerns. Such as: 1. Will there be a 'battery size standard' that fit across several platforms or multiple sizes? 2. If multiple sizes, will more that one battery swap be necessary say for a RAM vs. a Fiat 500 or ? 3. What will cost for these batteries that swap-in once the dust settles? Will Stellantis be able to negotiate with other manufacturers to standardize batteries so that what fits 'brand-x' fits a Stellantis vehicle so that 'battery stations' can supply multiple brands and vehicles?

I realize this is in the beginning stages, but, if it were me, I'd want to get it correct right off the bat as the public is not really buying in to the electric revolution much yet from what am reading and seeing. Just saying.

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I suspect that this battery swap concept will be successful with the smaller EVs such as the Jeep Avenger, Fiat 500e and 600. The Ample website does show a battery swap on a Mitsubishi-Fuso eCanter, so the venture does show larger vehicles. The operation is starting off in Europe, and so far all we have is the Fiat 500e due next spring.

The Fiat Centoventi concept hinted at battery swapping. Smaller battery electrics are ideal for urban use and if Stellantis offers products with battery swapping, it will open the market up for apartment dwellers. Speaking of the Centoventi concept, as much as I like the concept, it is too small to play on North American roads. I would like to see a vehicle of similar styling to the Centoventi, but in the size of the departed Fiat 500L. The departure of the Chevy Bolt left a hole in the market, an affordable EV which offers battery swapping capability would fill that void if it is sized right for our market.

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