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Small EVs can squeeze into tight spaces. But not with an empty battery.

Cue an Indian startup and its unique swapping system. It allows electric rickshaws to get back on the road in record time.

Using wireless technology, charging stations only dispense batteries if they detect their own kind in nearby parked vehicles.

A quick authentication process, and any batteries running low can be swapped. A practical handle makes installation easy, with payment taken digitally.

Cloud-based software calculates the ‘consumption’ of returned batteries, controls charging and cooling at the station and provides analytics on vehicle fleets.

And if your rickshaw isn’t yet electrically-powered, the startup offers a toolkit to help.

These solar cells, meanwhile, could really spice things up.

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