That’s exactly the kind of smart battery and network that Chetan Maini-co-founded start-up Sun Mobility is working on and it has tied up with Microsoft to use the latter’s Azure platform to offer Indian electric vehicle customers a smart battery and network environment.
“We have smart batteries with IoT and GPS and a smart network but our focus is how do we give a better value proposition to customers? How do we manage mobility and energy demand and how do we connect multiple devises to the network to analyse the data. Microsoft’s Azure platform will allow us to do that. The smart battery and smart network will generate a lot of data and to analyse this data you need a platform that’s scalable across lots of devises in the future. Connected intelligent devises in an intelligent cloud will mean the final consumer experience will benefit from the data that is generated and handled by Microsoft’s Azure platform,” said Maini.
The American software giant is already offering its Azure platform to electric mobility players across the world including markets like Germany.
“Microsoft is creating intelligent cloud and getting innovative companies like Sun to build on top of that to create value for customers. We will cater to any company that wants to use those solutions globally. This can and will be much bigger than Windows. Ten years ago we never knew that a car battery will be connected to the internet providing data and information about the car, the energy and network. This global network is the most powerful thing possible,” said Chad Fowler, GM and CTO, Startup and Developer advocacy, Microsoft.
For the end customer driving an electric two, three or four wheeler, the experience will be seamless, said Maini. “The idea is to offer the end customer vehicles priced similar to internal combustion engines and cost of energy lower than gasoline,’’ he added.
“Each of our smart batteries are connected to GPS and GSM which connects it to the cloud. So we know everything from how many km it has run, next charging station, digital payment in the next station etc. In the back end, it will tell us where to put up the next charging station and understand patterns of usage.’’
To begin with, Sun Mobility’s Smart Network will use Microsoft’s technology to connect the Sun Mobility smart battery and quick interchange station (QIS) with end users through a mobile application.
The Microsoft tieup, added Maini, is the start of a relationship towards going cross domain. “Our teams are working very closely together and this is the early stage of a meaningful partnership beyond using the platform alone,’’ he said.