Is there a need for Battery Swapping in Sweden?
Some companies in Sweden have already launched battery swapping infrastructures for electric vehicles (mainly personal use vehicles), but there are bright prospects of optimizing the infrastructure for extending the utility for light and medium sized commercial vehicles (i.e., taxis, food trucks, light courier deliver trucks and garbage collection trucks etc.).
As mentioned before, registration of new electric vehicles is rapidly increasing, which also increases the need public charging stations. As today, Sweden do not have enough charging station if we compare that the sales of electric vehicles increased 106 % in 2021 while number of charging stations only increased by 23 % according to a rapport made by Power Circle.
In February 2022 there was approx. 2650 charging stations with total of approx. 14 300 charging points in Sweden, according an article written by Dagens Nyheter. In 2030, Power Circle estimates that we would need 90 000 charging points to fulfill the needs of all the electric vehicles in traffic, which would need that we would need to build more than 10 000 new charging points per year. Even if new stations are planned, the infrastructural change is too slow.
Today in Sweden, there is in average 20 vehicles per charging points, and throughout the country while the EU goal for reasonable quota would be 10 vehicles per charging points.
Not to even mention, that charging takes time, which leads queues – and that leads to increased overall travel time for electric vehicles. Battery swapping be an faster complement for the traditional charging stations.