Monthly Archives: February 2016

Solar Roof on Electric Vehicles are possible!

Spolar paneled roof on electric vehicles are very much possible and it is not a new concept AT ALL. In fact it has been successfully experimented by many people over the years for 2 wheelers, 3 wheelers, trikes, one Indian guy went to UK to travel there by Solar powered auto-rickshaw developed here in India, Solar Ahmed drives around in his electric car which is powered by solar panels on his vehicle roof.

Also most mainstream motor companies have ALSO not released ANY electric vehicles other than Mahindra. The following links are for the peoples who have tried out Solar panels on their vehicle roof successfully:…

 (there are a lot more available on youtube) and THERE IS NO DRAWBACK OF LEAD ACID BATTERIES as suggested by some manufacturers as you can see Solar Ahmed has driven his car with Lead Acid Batteries for over 100,000 kms and at the same time SOLAR AHMED  WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD Li-Ion BATTERY to drive so far a distance and replace batteries. IN THAT ASPECT Li-Ion BATTERY HAS A MAJOR DISADVANTAGE:

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Masdar City & its Mistakes

If one flies over the desert of Abu Dhabi, out of nowhere there appears a huge, geometrical shaped complex with many buildings.

Why Masdar Failed

The city was supposed to be a model for high-tech, carbon-neutral cities powered off green energy, but instead the city has become a ghost town.

Masdar City – the US $ 22 billion project was started in 2006 and was supposed to be completed in 8 yrs (by 2014). The plan was to use solar energy for 70% of the power generation of the city.  Today the project has already been… Continue reading

How Hero Electric turned a Hero

During the Odd and Even formula tried out by AAP in Delhi not many electric vehicle companies were able to utilize the opportunity to show case their vehicles but Hero Electric company was able to use the wind under its wings and fly high.

Hero Electric was able to visualize the commuter’s problem and the opportunity it presented for the company to familiarize the vehicle with the common people  was seized with both hands. This can be considered one of the best marketing campaigns carried out in the last few decade in India.

What Hero Electric did was this:

Hero Electric  deployed around 100 E-bikes in 15 strategic locations in Delhi and gave free rides to commuters Delhi during the “Odd-Even Drive”. Not only did they invest equipment but they employed “staff/volunteers” to drive the scooters.

This initiative, christened ‘Free and Clean Ride‘ by Hero Electric, was aimed at raising awareness about E-Mobility and mitigating bad air quality in Delhi. The initiative was flagged off by Mr. Satyendra Kumar Jain, Minister of Health and Industry, Delhi and Mr. Sohinder Gill, CEO Hero Electric today from the Delhi Secretariat.

Each location had 5-10 E-bikes with a rider who helped each commuters reach last mile destinations from public places such as metro stations or a busy bus terminal for no charge. The E-bikes were stationed at these locations during the rush hour i.e. 8 AM – 12 PM & 4 PM to 8PM and the riders wore distinctive uniforms, so the commuters could easily identify them. Some of the key locations were metro exit points in Connaught Place, Kendriya Terminal, Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Station, Anand Vihar, Preet Vihar, Rohini etc

The whole idea was to help office goers and general commuters to experience the joy & comfort of zero polluting Electric bikes and also get to learn the advantages of switching over to Electric Mobility.

Since this plan worked and as there was sufficient demand for its services, one can expect the company to deploy a bigger fleet size next time.According to the company’s official statement, two wheelers are contributing the maximum to air pollution in Delhi & E bikes are a visible alternative to immediately cut the emission, considering the fact that 1 electric bike reduces 1 tonnes of CO2 in 3 years, also quite a lot of money and absolutely no maintenance or service.

An electric bike is like… buy it, charge it, forget it… no headache!

 

 

ELECRAMA-2016, The World’s Biggest Electricity Forum Kicks Off!

ELECRAMA-2016 from 13 to 17 Feb 2016

Location: Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre

10th Mile, Tumkur Road, Madavara

Post, Dasanapura Hobli, Bengaluru, Kamataka 562123, India.

Hall: 1A, Stall: HA46

www.elecrama.com

The government has laid emphasis on quality products from electronics and electrical sector, said Piyush Goyal, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy.

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What do we take from Auto Expo 2016 – Delhi

With Delhi pollution control discussion in the background the Auto Expo 2016 at Delhi happened at a very opportune moment as far as Electric Vehicles were concerned. It was the right moment when the people were aware of the effects of pollution and how badly Delhi is affected by it.

Diesel car manufacturing companies complain that their car takes in polluted air and leave out cleaner exhaust doesn’t hold much water as after a few years with age and neglected maintenance diesel vehicles will give out more harmful exhaust than petrol. The fact is Diesel is as thick as Crude Oil and is always going to be a dangerous fuel for the lungs.

Auto Rickshaws have moved on to CNG and Electric Rickshaws in Delhi and the next bunch of vehicles  to be converted would be the school buses, mini-buses and the regular Buses and then finally the Trucks.

The enlightened Delhi saw more than six lakh footfalls at the Expo.

The best part was that this was one of the AutoExpo having the record number of Electric Vehicles on Display in India. It had everything from scooters, sports bike, auto rickshaws, cars, sports cars, mini-vans and bus… it had the complete package.

It could have had more vehicles like electric Trikes, Electric ATVs, Quads/buggies & Electric Tractors. But what makes the Expo all the more exciting is the promise of what could come next year because it was just late 2015 that the Paris Pledge was taken to do away with Petrol and Diesel as fuel and to retain CNG and Electric as the fuel of the future.

Auto Expo 2017 will surely have more electric vehicles like Ather Energy, and Hero Motorcorp. The 110cc Navi bike from its look it is evident that it is purely designed with battery in the mind as the source of fuel.

But the biggest hope is that there will be at least a few startup companies that will out smart existing Vehicle makers like Tata and Mahindra and have better vehicles on display… and there is a very good chance of this happening.