EKA partners Log9 Materials for fast-charging battery solutions

EKA, an electric vehicles and technology company, and a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries has inked a strategic collaboration with Bangalore-based advanced battery technology start-up Log9 Materials.

The partnership will see Log9 provide its fast-charging advanced battery solution RapidX for EKA’s new energy vehicles, including its recently-unveiled electric bus range, EKA E9 and upcoming LCV.

The RapidX batteries are claimed to be the first-of-its-kind batteries in India for electric buses and SCVs that come with a 15-year warranty, long cycle life (of greater than 15,000 charge-discharge cycles), and are powered by InstaCharge battery technology which enables charging time of less than 30 minutes on both the LCV and e-bus platforms of EKA.

The LCVs and e-buses powered by Log9’s batteries shall be made available to the market at scale in the next 3 to 6 months.

Following the launch of respective vehicle platforms, as a part of the collaboration, EKA and Log9 are targeting to deploy at least 10,000 InstaCharged LCVs and more than 200 e-buses within a year. The vehicles will be deployed initially in Mumbai and Pune Metropolitan regions, and later rolled out across other metros and geographies.

Akshay Singhal, founder and CEO, Log9 Materials said, “The RapidX batteries will be used in EKA’s electric-bus and LCV trucks that will be particularly useful for intercity logistics and movement purposes. Log9’s RapidX batteries will enable InstaCharging these vehicles in under 30 minutes, which will lead to less waiting times or downtime and increased vehicle utilisation.”

Dr. Sudhir Mehta, chairman, EKA and Pinnacle Industries said, “We look forward to creating a new ecosystem in global CV electric mobility that is equipped with powerful technology for mass adaptation.”

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