Greenway Battery Swap

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Greenway Battery Swap

Greenway (n.d.). Greenway [online]. Available from: Accessed on 10 February 2016.

A successful use of the technology depends on the business case. Greenway calculated that a successful business case would mean:

  • Minimum of 10 microbuses (with approximately 12 seats)
  • Minimum of 300 km per bus per day
  • A maximum necessary range of 200 km (before swapping battery)

First, asses potential by comparing the actual operations to the optimal pattern of operation for the battery swapping technology (300+ km per day, return to the stations every 200 km, and 10+ pcs vehicles for one station).

Second, extend the battery swap van’s type approval to its passenger-version. This would cost about 100k -200k and take approximately 6-9 months (rough estimation), a process which could be done in consortium with Greenway and an electric auto conversions specialist of your choice.

Greenway battery swap is a ready-to-use technology for delivery vans that could be adapted to use in PT.

Greenway battery swap is a ready-to-use technology for delivery vans that could be adapted to use in PT. The technology could be used in microbuses (up to 12 seats) and would give them a driving range of about 250 km. Greenway may use GPS technology for analysis of routing of the current diesel vehicles to help assess potential for deployment of this technology for a specific use case very precisely (both practical and financial point of view). Swapping a battery takes approximately 7 minutes while (overnight) charging would take a lot longer. Fast charging puts high pressure on the electrical grid and is therefore more expensive than ‘slow’ overnight charging. Greenway battery swap could be a financially effective, sustainable alternative to fossil fuels and other electrical solutions under certain conditions (minimum of 10 buses, at least 300 km per bus per day and a maximum of driving 200 km between returns to the battery swapping station).

  • Finance and business models
  • Service models, organization and management

Implementation case
Goal-oriented/efficient organization
  • Adaptiveness to evolving markets and customer needs
  • Performance orientation

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Flexible economy
  • Shared economy
  • Sustainable lifestyle
  • Transforming household

Governments could support the implementation of this technology by adapting subsidies to the impact of vehicles. This would mean that a vehicle is subsidized based on the traveled kilometers and not based on the purchase value of a vehicle. This would make it more attractive for PTA’s and PTO’s to use the technology.

Additionally, governments could support the implementation by taking care of regulations to create the infrastructure/charging stations (building permits etc.).

Medium (4 to 8 months)
Medium (KEuro)
High (over 50KEuro/year for an implementation)
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