The EVOGO battery swap service of Chinese industry giant CATL was officially launched on Saturday in Hefei, Anhui Province. In April, CATL started its EVOGO battery swap service in Xiamen, making it the world’s first city to be included in the scheme.
In January, Contemporary Amperex Energy Service Technology Ltd. (CAES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CATL, launched a new service for electric vehicles called “EVOGO,” featuring modular battery swapping. Power swap stations equipped with the service can store up to 48 battery blocks, and it takes only about a minute to replace a single battery block.
According to CATL, its fast battery-swap station can ensure fully-charged blocks can be swapped by users at any time without queuing. Besides, the station can also provide battery blocks adapted to the climatic and environmental conditions of different regions.
There will be three fast battery-swap stations in Hefei at first, and it is estimated to expand to 20 by the end of this year, covering a service radius of 5 kilometers. CAES has also joined hands with two Hefei local partners, Lvzhou Technology and another auto service company, to explore the market.
Hefei is a core city in the Yangtze River Delta region, and it is also the first batch of pilot cities in China for the application of battery swap modes of new energy vehicles. Chen Weifeng, the general manager of CAES, said that Hefei has a good policy environment, large market demand and abundant partner resources. It is of great significance to start the battery swap service in Hefei for the construction of EVOGO’s battery swap network.