Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Microsoft helps Sun build smart EV charging network in India

Steve Rogerson
July 24, 2018



Microsoft is helping India’s Sun Mobility build a smart network for its electric vehicle energy infrastructure.
 
Sun Mobility's smart network will use Microsoft's technology to connect its smart battery and QIS quick interchange station with end users through a mobile application. The smart network will help users experience seamless service delivery of Sun's energy infrastructure by tracking battery charge and identifying the nearest QIS.
 
Within the network, software enables autonomous operation for effective service delivery of the batteries and stations. Based on travel demand, energy availability, route patterns and traffic dynamics, the tool is developed to select sites and locations to deploy the stations.
 
The high-availability hyperscale IoT platform interconnects the batteries and stations and collects continuous telemetry data. The system includes live tracking, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) based predictive models to optimise the energy service delivery.
 
"In an era where the future of mobility is electric, powered by renewable energy and driven by AI, we're excited to partner with Microsoft to leverage cutting-edge cloud, IoT and AI technology," said Uday Khemka, co-founder of Sun Mobility.
 
The network leverages Microsoft Azure IoT for tracking, health monitoring, diagnostics and anti-theft capabilities of the batteries. The geospatial visualisation and planning tools help with the deployment of a city-wide network of stations at strategic locations for efficient battery swapping service delivery.
 
"This partnership is testimony to our commitment towards empowering people and organisations to achieve more through innovative implementation of Microsoft's intelligent edge and intelligent cloud platform,” said Chad Fowler, CTO at Microsoft. “After having worked with Sun Mobility as part of the ScaleUp programme, we are excited about the immense potential that the organisation will be able to drive using Microsoft's Azure in the sustainable energy industry. Together we will enable both efficient and safe transportation for our planet."
 
Sun Mobility also plans to use Microsoft Azure AI in the smart network to analyse telemetry data to build machine-learning models that would predict battery performance and energy requirements, and improve service delivery experience for EV users.
 
"Sun Mobility's smart network enables us to plan and optimise our energy infrastructure investments,” said co-founder of Sun Mobility Chetan Maini. “We are leveraging the latest technology to improve the availability and performance of our batteries and interchange stations. Better utilisation of assets helps us to offer energy services to our users in a cost-effective and efficient manner."
 
Sun's smart batteries are light weight, long life, compact and swappable. They are also intelligent, modular, interoperable and flexible allowing for the same product to be compatible with multiple vehicle platforms: two and three wheelers, cars and busses.
 
The company plans to build a network of quick interchange stations that are easy to install and ensure quick refuelling of electric vehicles. These stations are compact and modular, allowing flexibility of shifting basis demand in a cost-effective manner. The smart network helps keep a constant check on the battery vitals and station operations, and ensures service delivery optimisation.
 
Sun Mobility is a 50:50 joint venture between Virya Mobility 5.0 and Sun New Energy Systems. The company was established in April 2017.