It was while presenting a protoptype for an electric bicycle at a college fest that Vikram Pratap Singh, a student at Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, got the idea for developing a mode of transport for the city that was 100% clean and relied on renewable energy.
“I was at a college fest with my professor presenting a model of an electric bicycle when it occurred to me that Delhi as a city was in dire need of a clean energy automobile to help ease its pollution woes. Speaking with rickshaw drivers in the city, my idea grew more certain. But it was after long conversations with e-rick drivers in the city that gave me the idea to make a solar powered e-rickshaw for Delhi,” Singh told The Indian Express.
After almost two years of research, Singh finally patented the e-rickshaw powered by solar energy in November 2015. “We spoke to e-rick drivers and realized the biggest issue being faced by them is constantly having to go back home to recharge their rickshaws. The solar panels in the rickshaw not only charge the rickshaw as the driver is driving, but also provide 50% more mileage than a normal e-rick,” says Taranpreet Singh, the co-founder.
According to Taranpreet Singh, Co-Founder, the solar e-rickshaw is fitted with nine solar panels placed at angles where it allows for maximum amount of sunlight in all seasons, producing almost 360w power. It also has four lead acid batteries with both batteries and solar panels together give the solar e-rickshaw 50 percent more mileage than a normal e-rickshaw. The cost of the solar e-rickshaw comes to around Rs. 1.2 lacs – equivalent to a normal rickshaw.
Having already won awards at various college fests, the boys are now gearing up to expand the business. “ Many have created solar ricks, but our technology is not just affordable, but also efficient. We have already patented it, but our dream remains to create an automobile that runs exclusively on solar energy and reaches an energy efficiency of atleast 25-30%,” Singh added.
The students believe that the technology could revolutionize the automobile industry in the city. “ The Delhi government has announced so many measures from vacuum cleaning the roads to the odd even policy. But we believe vehicles driven by renewable energy can really be a game changer in the city,” Singh says.
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