FOMM Corporation and Fujitsu formed an alliance for a battery swap mobility system for small electric vehicles.
The main force behind the project is FOMM, who intends to introduce an ultra-compact four-passenger EV featuring a replaceable battery (size comparable to the Renault Twizy). The production of those will be launched in Thailand, where we expect the first battery exchange stations will be built.
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FOMM says that small electric vehicles with range of up to 160 km (100 miles) will be able to replace the discharged battery for a fully-charged unit in five minutes.
We feel that we've already heard the vision of making a better place for EVs and it was called Better Place, but in the case of those full-size cars, the project went bankrupt. Maybe it will be different with ultra-compact EVs that doesn't need such expensive stations.
Diagram of the Battery Cloud Service provided through the combination of the FOMM 1.0 and SPATIOWL
FOMM and Fujitsu in Alliance to Create a New Mobile Society
FOMM Corporation ,Fujitsu Limited
Roles of the Two Companies
1. Based on the Battery Cloud concept and plan FOMM has been working on since its founding in 2013, FOMM will not only realize the concept of an ultra-compact four passenger EV featuring a replaceable battery, leading to the provision of the actual service, it will also deploy the replaceable battery exchange stations that form the core of the service.
2. FOMM will plan and develop the battery exchange stand equipment and the building of the charging system, as well as the design and development needed to connect them to the cloud.
1. Fujitsu will provide a cloud environment for managing batteries, incorporating into SPATIOWL technology that can track the charging, degradation, and deployment status of each individual battery, developed in a trial managing batteries for two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles(1), as well as incorporating the experience gained in that trial.
2. Using high-dimensional statistical analysis technology(2) through Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai technology, Fujitsu will model the impact on the vehicle and the battery from both geographic features, such as slopes and curves, and from the traffic situation, including congestion, to provide advanced estimates of trends in energy consumption, battery operation, and degree of battery degradation.
Through this partnership, the two companies plan to further develop and expand the mobility infrastructure they are aiming to create. In addition, they will be at the forefront of the creation of a new type of mobile society based on EVs, by analyzing and using the information gathered through Battery Cloud Service to create breakthrough services that support the popularization of EVs and increase user convenience. Moreover, the two companies will continue to advance as innovative companies by both expanding these efforts for mobile infrastructure around the world and by creating an ecosystem through connections with other industries.
Trial managing batteries for two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles
Technology for managing batteries used in electric bicycles, evaluated in a trial conducted October 2013. Fujitsu and RESC Begin Collaboration to Build the Future of Electric Vehicles, Integrating ICT with Energy (Press release, October 3, 2013) http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2013/1003-01.html
High-dimensional statistical analysis technology
Proprietary analysis technology which uses AI Zinrai to automatically model the impact of various factors on specific events. Fujitsu Field Trials Ship Performance Estimation Technology with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Ube Shipping & Logistics (Press release, November 1, 2017) http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2017/1101-01.html