Three-wheelers are the linchpin of the Indian transport system, offering affordable and accessible transportation to Indian commuters. In fact, India is home to about 1.5 million battery-powered, three-wheeled rickshaws. As many as 11,000 new e-rickshaws hit the streets every month, and annual sales are expected to increase about 9 percent by 2021. Some of the great benefits of e-rickshaws are that are quieter, faster, cleaner and cheaper to maintain than a traditional auto rickshaw.
But, for e-rickshaws to succeed, a robust and convenient battery charging and/or swapping infrastructure must be established. Swapping stations have the following advantages over charging stations:
However, to take advantage of these attractive properties, the following must be ensured:
To address this requirement, we propose Joulebi, a comprehensive solution that incorporates the following components so widespread adoption of e-rickshaws can be facilitated. The components of Joulebi are:
DataGlen team has substantial experience in relevant technologies - IoT, Machine
Learning, Distributed Energy Systems such as solar and storage - that
enable data-driven energy systems. In fact, the founding team holds 15
US patents and has published more than 40 papers in top research venues.
DataGlen has also developed a robust and reliable IoT distributed energy systems management solution (cloud and embedded) that is processing about 25 million time series data points a day. This platform is being used to manage more than 400 solar plants in India, Dubai, Kenya, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Spain.
Based on our experience and our solution, we can develop a digital infrastructure that can make e-Rickshaws economical and environment-friendly.
In the future, the system can be expanded to include a market place where anyone can charge and offer those batteries for swapping in. Even more interestingly, charged batteries can be bartered for rides. Further, if the grid supports integration of distributed storage, as explained by the report from Rocky Mountain Institute, stations can export energy from batteries into grids during peak hours and earn revenue.
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