As a temporary measure, the batteries are being charged at a station in Kharadi. And they are being shipped to both the showrooms. Till 31 Dec, there are no charges for customers. But from January onwards the company will start recovering electricity charges. At the Senapati Bapat Road showroom, about 4 to 5 swaps are happening every day. Assuming an equal distribution between Kalyani Nagar and SB Road, this means that 60 motorcycles are being serviced at SB Road. This means less than 10% of customers coming in everyday. Looks like a lot of people are preparing to charge at home. The question I should have asked, is whether these swap customers are regular, or are new customers coming in everyday? Would be interesting to see if customer behaviour changes, once charges start getting applied for battery charging.
Some other questions to the operator of the Revolt Hubs
- The operator takes the battery of customer and gives customer a fully charged battery
- There are 10 slots in the Hub
- Revolt owners have to book the slot on the battery to be swapped.
- Until the end of new year, the swap is free
- Apparently the Swap station, is being used atleast 5 times a day by Revolt customers as of December end 2019. This will only increase in time.
- The heavy weight of the RV400 battery is an issue for battery swapping.
It's great to see Revolt taking more responsibility by installing these hubs to ensure customers have a hassle free experience.
As an electric motorcycle owner, all we need is 4-5 strategically placed such hubs in multiple part of cities and in high volume ride locations outside cities.
For example, a Revolt hub between Mumbai and Pune at Lonavala would be nice. I know many people who are not getting a Revolt as they feel, they cannot take it out of the city.
We will update this blog as and when more Revolt Hubs open up.