FOMM Corporation, a specialist in mobility-related R&D to realize unique technologies, and Fujitsu Limited have announced their agreement to commence a partnership aimed at creating a new type of mobile society.
The two companies will develop and popularize new mobility infrastructure as an environment that provides the data and electrical energy sources needed to use electric vehicles (EV), and move forward on joint development.
In order to build FOMM’s Battery Cloud Service, which has functionality for integrally managing EV driving conditions, battery conditions, information on the vehicle user’s battery usage, replacement battery inventory quantities, and other info, as well as for supporting operations, the two companies are applying Fujitsu Mobility Solution SPATIOWL, Fujitsu’s location information utilization cloud service.
Electric vehicles have entered a period of practical usage globally, and are becoming increasingly diverse. It has become common for two- and three-wheeled EVs used for short distance travel, particularly electrically powered assisted bicycles, to use a small replaceable battery.
By making it possible to run four-wheeled EVs with replaceable batteries, and by putting in place a new system in which individuals need not buy their own batteries but in which they can easily switch in new batteries anywhere and anytime, the partners will further grow and expand this market.
Through their partnership, FOMM and Fujitsu will utilize their experience and technology to develop Battery Cloud Service as new mobility infrastructure. This will enable vehicle users to charge their batteries at home as well as exchange them at service station, and because the service will give users a constant awareness of their remaining charge, charging or replacing batteries can be made efficient. Also, service providers will be able to grasp changes in battery characteristics by managing battery status records.
FOMM is equipping an ultra-compact four-wheel EV, developed in-house, with replaceable batteries and will support with its Battery Cloud Service. In December 2018, this “FOMM 1.0” will begin mass production in Thailand, in tandem with the launch of Battery Cloud Service operations.