Shared electric micro-mobility application such as eBikes and eScooters have become increasingly popular but they have limited range, can't carry more than one passenger, and don't have the necessary infrastructure in place to encourage mass adoption. Cars have been entrenched in America's economic development, and people rely on them everyday. The transportation sector accounts for 29% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the US, and we have to encourage mass EV adoption, however, unless charging an EV becomes as easy as filling an internal combustion engine vehicle, EV adoption will likely not grow as fast as we need it to. Currently, charging infrastructure is not reliable and therefore not dependable and SomEV is here to solve that problem.
Our solution is a Battery Swap Kiosk for electric micro-mobility (eBikes, eScooters, eMopeds, and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV)). For this challenge, we would like to focus on NEV's to specifically address the Challenge #1: Increase Reliable Access. Our solution would be to provide a shared fleet of NEV's, fitted with swappable batteries along with (2) kiosks with (30) lockers inside of it to support the network. This way, users can book a short trip in a small electric car which can fit up to (4) passengers. If they are running low on charge during their trip, they simply head to a kiosk and swap out their drained battery packs for fully charged ones. Each battery pack weighs roughly 10-lbs and the swap system is as easy as pumping gas. However, if there are concerns over the end user swapping batteries, SomEV will maintain the system and run the swaps ourselves to support the pilot.