Video: Free Electric, the bicycle that wants to fix India’s power problem

‘Free Electric’ works by converting kinetic energy into electric energy.

Written by Karthekayan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2015 1:02 pm
electric bikes, free electric bikes, free electricity, free electricity through bikes, electricity creation bike, generate free electricity, generate electricity by bikes, produce electricity, technology, technology news Named Free Electric, since creating electricity via this stationary bicycle would be technically free, the product will be priced in the Rs 12,000 – 15,000 segment at launch.

A bicycle that produces electricity when pedalled might sound like an idea straight out of science fiction, but billionaire philanthropist Manoj Bhargava would disagree. Bhargava who showed off a prototype of his ‘electricity-creating cycle,’ plans to launch the same in India by March 2016.

Named Free Electric, since creating electricity via this stationary bicycle would be technically free, the product will be priced in the Rs 12,000 – 15,000 segment at launch.

‘Free Electric’ works by converting kinetic energy into electric energy. As the user pedals the flywheel, it spins a generator, which in turns charges the attached battery. The bicycle can be pedalled to directly light up other electric-powered components too.

electric bikes, free electric bikes, free electricity, free electricity through bikes, electricity creation bike, generate free electricity, generate electricity by bikes, produce electricity, technology, technology news ‘Free Electric’ works by converting kinetic energy into electric energy. As the user pedals the flywheel, it spins a generator, which in turns charges the attached battery.

“There are approximately 1.3 billion people around the world who are deprived of electricity and the free electric bicycle was conceived to provide electricity to this population,” said Manoj Bhargava, who was born in India but moved to the US during his teens.

The US-based billionaire is confident that an hour’s worth of ‘cycling’ will be enough to address the electricity needs of a rural home. But don’t expect the free electricity cycle to start running your AC just yet. At max, the bike can light up 24 bulbs, power an electric fan and charge a mobile device simultaneously. The bicycle also comes bundled with a charging dock with three USB ports.

electric bikes, free electric bikes, free electricity, free electricity through bikes, electricity creation bike, generate free electricity, generate electricity by bikes, produce electricity, technology, technology news At max, the bike can light up 24 bulbs, power an electric fan and charge a mobile device simultaneously. The bicycle also comes bundled with a charging dock with three USB ports.

Currently the patent for the technology behind Free Electric is held by Bhargava, who plans to license it to few companies in order to expand the reach of his product.

At the launch event, Bhargava said the design and manufacturing would take place in US, but added he will manufacture the bike in India as well, to reduce final price. After India, he plans to take the project to 50 other countries in the African continent and in the Middle-East region.

The billionaire has already pledged 99 percent of his net worth of $4 billion to developing sustainable solutions.

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    Gustavo
    May 7, 2017 at 12:27 am
    Where can I purchase this bike ?
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      swaroop channd
      Sep 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm
      salute to manoj ji thinking india need cheaper electriccity cheaper health facility we proud you are working these field seriouly god bless you
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        ABDUL JALIL
        Jan 25, 2016 at 6:50 pm
        I want to be a dealer of the free electric bycycle.
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          narendatta
          Jan 11, 2016 at 8:33 pm
          need specifications and other related details/info of the so called electric generating bicycle
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            Guest
            Jan 14, 2016 at 10:41 am
            I just hope goverments of India, Africa, Sri Lanka and so on would not deny that project as they like to sell their own electricity....
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              hassen mahmoudi
              Feb 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm
              contact with me for speak about this bike
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                Sunit
                Nov 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                Pls do write us .
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                  Sunit
                  Nov 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                  Pls do write us at sunit.awasthi@devshaktielectric
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