Stellantis and Ample 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 partners have agreed to work toward integrating Ample’s Modular Battery Swapping solution in Stellantis EVs. Battery swapping technology allows an EV customer who stops at a battery swapping station to have their depleted EV battery swapped out for a fully charged battery in a matter of minutes.
The two companies are also in discussions regarding the expansion of 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 is planned to 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 electric vehicle within Stellantis, sold globally.
Ample said its technology provides an alternative way to deliver energy to electric vehicles that makes 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 EV’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.
In addition, Ample’s battery-swapping stations can be deployed in public areas in as little as three days. When an Ample-enabled EV approaches the Ample station, the vehicle is immediately recognized by the station. Once parked inside, the driver initiates the battery swap from the mobile app resulting in a fully charged battery in less than five minutes.