Currently most electric three-wheelers in India use lead acid batteries, which have a shorter life, duration, long charging time of 10 hours, and excess weight. Lead acid batteries typically have to be replaced every year and weigh around 120kg for an e-rickshaw application.
Along with its Technology partners for lithium ion batteries, Accord has developed and tested lithium ion batteries for application on the e-rikshaw's. The vehicle with this new battery is currently under homologation and will be launched with the Support of E rikshaw manufacturer's. Accord technologies shall provide the entire kit including the battery, BMS (battery management system) and charger to its customers. While the lithium ion battery costs around Rs 55,000-60,000 more than a conventional lead acid battery, the additional cost can be offset by the much longer battery life, higher confidence of financiers, service back-up and fast charging facility. The company says it is keen to explore models such as battery rental, battery swapping and creation of charging points to further help penetration of this technology, along with its partners and the support of the government.