Panasonic has launched its electric vehicle charging service in India with the hope to disrupt the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country. Christened Nymbus, this service will see the Japanese technology giant foray into the energy and eMobility service domain for the first time. Nymbus is essentially a charging platform that brings together hardware components like charging stations, swap stations, on-board charges, and telematics system with virtual components such as cloud services and artificial intelligence.
Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India, said, "At Panasonic, our unending quest for innovation, guided by our philosophy of a Better Life, A Better World, inspired us to take a lead and develop this innovative EV charging solution. With the launch of the EV charging service, Panasonic for the first time is venturing into service domain in energy and eMobility we are creating an integrated common platform to cater to unsatiated needs of multiple stakeholders and enable faster adoption of EV in the country."
Panasonic will expand its Nymbus service in three phases. Under the aegis of the first phase, Panasonic has partnered with two electric mobility service providers -- SmartE and qQuick -- and will offer Nymbus on 150 SmartE electric three-wheelers and 25 qQuick electric two-wheelers in the Delhi NCR region. Besides setting up charging stations and swap stations, Panasonic will also equip the aforementioned EVs with telematics sensors that will map real-time data and generate reports based on the collected data.
These reports will enable EV fleet owners to use their electric vehicles more efficiently by providing insights about the efficiency of lithium-ion battery packs and charging capacity as well as real-time vehicle usage data. Nymbus will also allow EV users to easily locate and navigate to the nearest charging station. In the second phase, this service will be expanded to Chennai, Pune, Amaravati, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru over the next three years. Whereas in the third phase, Nymbus will be made available in 25 additional cities, targeting around 1 million vehicles.