Monthly Archives: March 2016

Plugin to the ground & harvest water

As the summer approaches and in many places in India the land is going to dry up, thirst for water and stay without water until the monsoon… The question we at PlugInCaroo ask today is have you plugged-in to the recharge system of the Earth?

Nature has provided the world with the greatest storage tank that has ever been built… the Earth itself.  India is a country that receives some of the heaviest rainfall in the World… maybe this is the reason why the people in India do not care to harvest water. It is only now that the water table is getting drained  and our farmers and their fields are thirsting for water that people have started to search ways to store water. It is amazing to see that we in India already have some of the most Grandest and Best Water Harvesting Technology and Systems in the WORLD but have forgotten to use it.

If you throw a bucket of water into the sand… 99% of it will be saved by the ground from evaporation. This water… for which you didn’t have ANY value… will be filtered, and stored drop by every single drop… into various trenches and vaults that mother Earth has built inside itself. Thus 99% of the water will be safely stored underground.

Many times people are taught during water harvesting  to… Continue reading

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Indian EV Industry to get on Steroids

The Indian government might finally put the Indian EV industry on steroids… it is working on a scheme to provide electric cars on zero down payment for which people can pay out of their savings on expensive fossil fuels, with the aim of becoming 100 percent electric vehicle nation by 2030.

“India can become the first country of its size which will run 100 per cent of electric vehicles. We are trying to make this programme self financing. We don’t need one rupee support from the government. We don’t need one rupee investment from the people of India,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at an event organised by CII Young India.

Elaborating further, he said, “We are working (on the scheme). Can we actually give electric car for free (zero down payment) and people can pay for that out of the savings on the petroleum products. Innovation is possible, it just needs an open mind. You need to think of scale and be honest.”

The minister informed that a small working group under the leadership of Road Minister Nitin Gadkari has been created with Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on its board.

He said, “We are meeting in first week of April and see (if) India can be 100 percent on electric vehicles by 2030. We are trying to see if we can monetise the savings then you will have use cheaper electricity for charing of your cars.”

“We are thinking of scale. We are thinking of leading the world rather than following the world. India will be first largest country in the world to think of that scale.”

Mr. Goyal cited the example of LED lights where through the bulk tendering, the government has been able to reduce the procurement price of these bulbs to Rs. 64.41 in January this year from the market rate of Rs. 310 in February 2014. The government had started Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme last year under which it has already provided over 8.32 crore (83.2 million) LED bulbs to families through power distribution companies at an instalment of Rs. 10 per month for each bulb.

After the LED bulb distribution scheme, Power Ministry is working on a similar programme under which it will sell on EMI energy-efficient fans and air conditioners at prices much lower than market rates.

About any power tariff he said, “We don’t need to increase any tariff in the country. We just need to work smart and bring technology and India can be powerhouse of affordable energy across the country. Cross subsidy across the state can handle the issue.”

On the negative subsidy or payment of premium in recently concluded third round of gas auction for stranded power projects on Sunday, Mr. Goyal said, “There is no need of PSDF now. We have been successful in our mission. Now, they need zero support (subsidy).”

About continuing this scheme further, he said, “We will see after six months. For six months it is not required. After six months there will be another round (of auction for gas under PSDF).”

Under the Power System Development Fund scheme, government provides financial support to SGPs to buy imported gas.

However, in Sunday’s auction, the bidders were allowed to quote negative gas subsidy or premium for booking gas quantities they need. Now, government will save Rs. 1,829 crore for providing gas under PSDF to nine SGPs for six months till September.

The outlay for the support from PSDF was fixed at Rs. 7,500 crore (Rs. 3,500 crore and Rs. 4,000 crore for 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively).

Addressing the event, Goyal said, “India is poised for decadal double digit growth in the days to come and is poised to become a superpower with a billion plus happy people.

“India has the potential to transform and can move into the big league very rapidly if we leverage the economies of scale, bring in greater degrees of transparency and monitor work that has been undertaken.

However, adding the caveat of the need to ensure equal opportunities for people at the bottom of the pyramid, Goyal said, “We cannot become a super economic power unless the person at the bottom of the pyramid gets equal opportunity to study, to be skilled and has the opportunity to move towards a better quality of life.

“To my mind, lack of electricity access in villages across the country is a serious concern for us as a nation. There are about 50 million homes which don’t have access to electricity.

“In Arunachal Pradesh, there are about 808 villages which lack electricity access. While we are now working on building a grid in Sikkim and Arunachal, it will take time. Hence, we are looking at off-grid solutions in the interim.”

Solar Charka and Indian Manufacturing

Khadi will mark the revival of Indian Organic Farming, Solar Panels & Manufacturing in India! Our Prime Minister Modi has done a great thing by asking our Government Staff to wear Khadi once a week on Fridays. Our schools should too incorporate this noble idea and both the Students and the Teachers can wear Khadi once a week. The Students can also learn to spin the charka and create the thread. This will help to improve powers of concentration in the children especially in today’s world where they are glued to the TV, Smart Phones or Video Games.

Charka (the wheel) is in the center of our national flag… but never our life. Charka is a GENERATOR… is a source of energy…harnessing which you can create thread or use it to produce energy using the principles of a dynamo… OR EVEN BOTH!

Ancient India: 200 yrs ago (200 yrs ago is not too ancient) India was the manufacturing hub of the world. It held “PATENTS” to most of the technology used of that day… most of which are superior to the technology… even today. Not only in India but in many parts of the world there existed such technology or knowledge that were economic, sustainable, and superior to what is being mass produced in the name of technology today. Most of the knowledge was passed down the family or generation by word of mouth and perfection practiced of a lifetime was handed down the generations. Some of eg of the superior technology are the rustproof iron pillars, use of Wootzsteel for sword, water harvesting technology using earth as storage, technology to produce zinc from Zinc-ore, kalari as martial arts. What the British successfully did during the Raj was to destroy these local industries and set it up in England for the benefit of their countrymen and gave it the name “Industrial Revolution”. Such Industries first used water-power to move machines as was common in India during those time then later on used steam power. Using Indian methods of agriculture and Indian plough they even had an Agricultural Revolution with increased agriculture output during this period for the very first time in their HISTORY.

What Gandhi did during the non cooperation movement was to reverse the entire trend and break the vicious cycle that the British had created… the farmers would grow cotton and spin their own thread, weave their own cloth and wear it & not buy it… Indian cloth innovation was amazing in the fact it did not need any stiching or modifying. You could buy it and wear it irrespective of size and weight. Indians thus were to avoid the mill cloths sold by Indian Industralist who were middlemen (pimp) for the British. Another thing the Charka did was to unify the seemingly different varieties of language, religion, cast and skin colour of the country… twisted it all into a single thread… just like the multiple fibers of the cotton plant are twisted and turned by the Charka to produce the wonder of Khadi cloth.

If no Indians bought british cloth, during the non cooperation movement, and the british couldnt get the raw material (cotton) it would have put so much pressure on the British that the so called “Industrial revolution” would have grinded to an halt. Around the same time Hitler sent half of British soldiers to heaven… Compromise was the only way out… thanks to which some british business houses still get many business royalty payments from India even to this day. Today also nothing much has changed the foreign companies are trying to copy the illuminati British Raj model – get the raw material at cheap, cheated & exploited price from other countries, then “Make-In-Their country”, and sell the finished products in the same country from where it was sourced from. Also make laws for these exploited countries not sell their products or services in your country citing laws like food, drug or car safety. Even if they are able to comply with those then create quotas or limits of how much they can sell.  That is exactly what’s happening under the GAME that is the Word Trade Organization. The British Illuminati ruled India with “Treaties” today they tule the world with the exact same “Treaties”… Treaties that are squarely in their favour and have nothing in favour of the developing world which make the maximum number of people and countries.

Charka also stood for value addition… like selling cotton is a loss instead it was easier to sell and store cloth made of cotton… just like making tomato sauce is easier to sell and store… converting sugarcane to jaggery, potato to potato chips, just like making curd from milk and then ghee from curd stays fresh for years together and easier to store & sell. But still even today you see Indian farmers sell cotton, tomato, sugarcane, potato and even milk as it is produced and that too at almost throwaway prices.

Ancient World Trade: 200 yrs ago India along with China made more than 60% of world trade (around 30 % percent each)… meaning they sold more products like agriculture and manufactured goods. The proof of these products selling around the world are the amount of Gold that existed in the Country which was brought in by trade. Gold was the exchange rate at that time. How many countries have temples built of Gold? There were many temples of gold and gold were hidden in vaults of temples by the local ruling family. This was the reason for which many Kings braved to cross the Khyber pass and come to India. Vasco Da Gama braved the rough sea and the cape of good hope and came all the way around the globe looking for a sea-route to India. Christopher Columbus landed in America while in search of India and even thought those people were Indians. (Imagine a guy going out in search of America and then traveling to Australia and then announcing to the world that he has found America and then referring the Australians as Americans. I think there this has to be the biggest blunder of History AND Geography).

Great King Alexander came to India because he was told that in India there are great ants that create gold… In the attempt to invade India  he would for the first time in his life came across peaceful people who were equally tough in war. He would fight the fiercest battle of his life. He would loose his most beloved horse Bucephalus, his heroic horse of many wars and he himself almost got killed by King Porus but never found the ants. Little did he realize that the so called “ants” were not insects but hardworking Indian people. This is VERY noticeable once you setp out of India. Even today look around you, you will see Indian “ants” working honestly… and as tirelessly as the ants “creating Gold”. India has very few gold mines but still hold 50% of the world gold. All these gold were bought home by way of trade as gold was the standard of exchange back then. Of course there are people who are seduced by corruption, to seek short cuts, easy money, easy profit, exploit the resource more without putting in anything, greed to have more with contributing the least, who seek the best by putting in the least work. Some people prefer call it “evils of Capitalism” but lets not give it any “names” as of now and get lost in the debate of Capitalism v/s any other “-ism”.

What changed?: The question we are asking is: First… how did India possess this art of manufacturing? Second…And how did we loose it? Did we loose it or was this art snatched away from us? Are we purposely kept away from this ART of MANUFACTURING?

Globalization: Many people thought and still think Globalization was the right way ahead because India did not have any great cars scooters or motorcycles. What we had then was Ambassadors and Fiats Premier Padmani in cars, in Bikes there was Enfield Bullet, and the classic Lambretta scooter to compare with the old Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Honda,…etc. So we thought that opening up our local business for foreign investment and ideas would bring in better flair and technology in autombile and manufacturing discipline in our automobile sector.

But even after 2 full decades what we see are no great step ahead except probably in the interior of cars. In two wheelers too it was the made in India Bajaj who had to come out with Pulsar which changed a lot of things in India most of all it proved that there is demand for such a motorcycle and the demand is not only for vehicles that give the most mileage. The exterior designs of the Ambassador and Fiat were sturdy and better than most of the sedan cars available in India today. The Enfield Bullet is still king of Indian roads and rules with style and the traditional model scooter exist even today. So where is this great technology import from globalization?

Meanwhile India created the Tata Nano AMT & Nano CNG the highest mileage, lowcost & low maintenance, Automatic Transmission subcompact, Tata also created the Ace, Magic & Iris Transport platform, Bajaj was able to create the RE60 auto-rickshaw on 4 wheels and Chetan Maini 20 yrs ago also created the Reva Electric Car when the world could not dream as big enough and thought of electric car as a joke… 20 yrs later India would developed the Ather electric scooter UNDERLINING the fact that all innovation and technology were brought about by Indians locally and not by these profit mongering foreign companies who got a lot of land and tax benefits but could not develop ANY innovation. Even today there is not a SINGLE Electric Vehicle in Indian market from US & EuropeSo where is this great technology import from globalization?

Innovation for Volkswagon is not making electric cars and selling them in India, but trying to cheat emission norms. Innovation for similar companies is to reduce jobs by installing robots in the plants even after getting so many benefits (were these benefits not given to provide more jobs?). So this was the innovation and technology that India was to benefit from?

The main thrust of these foreign companies was in already existing, easy to target… unorganized market… especially FMGC sectors like creams, soaps, shampoos, noodles, Biscuits, Tea, coffee, Potato chips, tomato ketchup, toothpaste, jam, pickles, soft drinks. Today the stuff peddled in this sector under their brand names are some of the most unhealthy and dangerous products for human use. It is this very market that Patanjali is competing with healthier products and already the foreign companies are having a hard time and crying foul. It is only because Ramdev Baba is popular and has connection at the right places that he is able to ward off these foreign companies and their veiled threats.

Seed Pirates Cheating Indian Farmers with BT Cotton?

Foreign Traders or Pirates?:These foreign companies in spite of getting favorable taxation policies and cheap land prices almost all of these companies perfected the art of threatening and arm twisting local existing companies to sell out to them. Its again like the Pirates of East India Company is back to Loot and pillage the Country while they are allowed to engage in trade. Almost all of the local companies were taken over by threat or by unfair means. Most of us are familiar with the Parle Thumbs-up takeover by a global soft drink giant by confiscating the empty glass bottles of Parle from shops and restaurants and storing them in warehouses until Parle ran out of glass bottles to sell their soft drink. (This was at a time when plastic bottles were considered dangerous for soft drinks today Soft drinks comes only in plastic bottles). In any other country the global soft drink giant would have been raided and banned and charged with cheating, due to confiscating local traders goods & threatening existing local sellers. This was exactly the tactics used by East India Company 200 yrs ago. By the time complaints reached the Kings these companies had grown big and powerful exactly like… Nestle, Pepsi, Coke, Colgate, etc. Back then it was only one company now there are many such companies… and our Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh AND Narendra Modi send invitations to set camp in India because they are inefficient to provide jobs to local people…. but they both dont mind paying millions in loans in Dollars!!! So what is different between them???

Similarly all existing profitable companies were “advised by govt” to SELL OUT to foreign companies when Manmohan Singh gave green light for Globalization. Reva tried to sell to General Motors. Tata also tried their best to sell their Indica but were “lectured down” by Ford on how Tata were “incompetent” in automobile sector and should stick to Truck-making. (Karma gave Rata Tata great satisfaction to buyout Jaguar & Land Rover (JLR) from Ford 10 yrs later and a much cash strapped Ford had to thank Tata for buying JLR else Ford would have had to shut them down). These are all examples of how Foreign companies operate – intimidate. Try doing all this in their country. Try going to US and competing with Apple using unfair means… its not that its impossible… but the Govt will not let it happen no matter how corrupt they are.

Solar Energy technology is not a new phenomenon nor has the efficiency of the solar cells grown manifold. In fact we had solar powered calculator that were efficient enough to work with ambient light of a room 30yrs back. So why the West & Europe did not innovate and implement this technology back then? Was the Electric Car not killed? Was the thin film solar panels not killed many years ago? Why is there a sudden revival?… The revival happened because China has started to gallop far ahead in Solar, Wind energy and also in electric transportation and the rest of the West and the minuscule European countries want to outpace China. So to beat China and to show the world that Renewable Energy & Electric Car technology are promoted by the West and Europe they put out news that these tiny countries have started producing far more electricity than they consume from renewable energy.

Foreign Capital/Finances: Then there has been this constant Chatter that these foreign companies bring in capital or finance? All of these US & Euro countries are in a mess… there is no family savings in USA… so how will these countries finance a country with a much bigger population? How can any of the European countries finance a country that is many times bigger than them in size, population and resources. As if India has problem in financing any companies? The Rs 2,500/5,000 crore Indian Railway Bonds were sold out within 1 hour of its opening. India has enough people to combine and contribute towards ANY projects in India if they get good enough benefit… but the Indian Government want no Indian money.

Corrupt Governments love World Bank Loans: All Corrupt Government love World Bank Loans… and the opposite is true as well…meaning… Governments in love with World Bank Loans are Corrupt. Such governments invent many types of Major Construction projects and lament that here is dearth of internal funds to finance such huge projects. Not all such projects benefit the country. Especially the Storm Drain Projects that carry the Precious-as-gold rain water and dump it in sea has resulted in falling water table right across India. Today most places in India have water table below as 600 feet below… some places it is common for water to go below 900 feet. As of Today 2016 Indian Govt wants Indian people to take their money out of savings and put ALL of their hard earned money in Share Market so that it will show that Indian companies are doing well. To enforce this this RBI is decreasing the “BANK RATE”.  After all what will these corrupt Ministers do with money stashed illegally in International Banks (called “Swiss” Banks)… after all these money need to make profit… So these International Banks give money to World Bank (WB) and then WB loans it to India. Thus to build roads, railway and bridges… India will borrow from World Bank the very same illegal scam money. Thus INDIA IS PAYING INTEREST in DOLLARS ON ILLEGAL SWISS BANK MONEY!!! Imagine that… and these guys were talking on bring back Black money from these very banks!!! NOW DO YOU SEE why all ministers of India like to take loans IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE FROM WORLD BANK??!!??

The farce played out in Indian Democracy is the Guy (Rahul Gandhi) accused of having Black Money is challenging the Government to bring back Black Money… and the Government don’t want to reclaim the black money from Swiss bank… (currently they are busy creating loophole to allow the Black Money holders to bring it to India without penalty…even this is ok as long as we don’t have to take WB loans and create financial policies on WB instructions) this state of “impotence” is that of a government that came to power by the work of Bharat Swabiman Trust (Baba Ramdev & Rajiv Dixit) filing PIL in supreme court to declare the foreign bank account as the property of India and to reclaim it. Now what happened to bringing back black money and taking away income tax? Where is India Government on this issue?

But coming back The question we are asking is: How did India possess this art of manufacturing? And how did we loose it? Did we loose it or was this art snatched away from us? Are we kept away from this ART of MANUFACTURING?

Art of manufacturing do not come from only studying abstractly things but by also watching… how things are being created… and creating it themselves. 200 years ago the children of the country  were busy creating and producing… some were producing the best quality pots, some were producing the best quality rice, some kids were perfecting technology of creating “Pokkali” breed of rice that can grow in salt water, some were creating the best Makhan the world ever knew, the best steel, the best iron, the best hand woven cloth the world ever knew, the purest honey, extracting the purest virgin oil, learning the best martial arts, the best food and ways to cook them, the best ayurvedic medicinal & massage-treatment, the best bamboo baskets, he could help create hatches to put on roof of his & mend his house, solve local municipal problems by constructing bunds, dams, bridges, etc. We also know about the tale of the Indian person who created the first flying object, of course there were other people French, Italian and German who were all engaged to create flying objects that would later be known as planes. But the fact is India was a leader and the technology that came out of India was cutting edge and not copy & paste stuff. This all comes from learning to create and getting hands dirty during school life.

Today ask a 15 year old to create something… unfortunately the poor child can create nothing other than a paper boat, possibly a paper rocket, draw a few clouds, houses or school. In fact one could be lucky of all of the kids in a class can do that… of course there are a few that are very good at art and craft but alas… forget about developing something best or even outstanding in the world…can he even throw a punch properly?

The fact is that our kids are wasting their precious time in school learning abstract stuff that they will never use in life. Like how maths is made up of algebra and trigonometry? Why we have to study so much English when rest of the syllabus is already in english? The fact is the art of creating or manufacturing has been taken out of the “system” by the British very meticulously during their rule in India… almost completely.. over 2 generation (100 years) of East India Company rule and 2 generation (100 years) of British Rule in India.

The invasion of any country by these foreign companies usually start by asking for “special concessions” for investing in the country. The ground rule for any business is that if it is not profitable for you, and you feel that there is excessive pressure or excessive threat of loss then please do not come to invest.

How do you define an Invasion? Invasion can be defined as “a force” that tries to change your economic OR military policy… either by Threat or by Commerce!!! Hitler had writen in his Mein Kampf that “Invasion can be done via Military or by using Commerce. With Commerce it will take a lot of time.

If Indian companies go to invest in Africa they do not need to ask for special concessions and it would be foolish of the Governments if they do give in to special concession request of such companies. But what is funny is that these Illuminati companies hate to pay tax to the governments… wonder why?

But what is of utmost concern is that during the LOOT OF INDIA and TALIBAZATION OF INDIA BY THE BRITISH the art of creation and manufacturing has been taken away from the children as the British replaced the Gurukul education with British School which was far poor than India not only in numeric system but astronomy, music, dance, warfare, etc. Fortunately they were not successful in replacing Indian numeric system with their system because This has to be returned to them at the earliest. Children’s creativity has not to be limited to paper and pencil but has to include a lot of things.

Start teaching the kids not only to wear khadi but also the art of making Khadi. This was the Dream of Mahatma Gandhi… but nobody talks about it after Independence of India. Each school should have a loom-lab instead of the hardly useful chemistry-lab (where frogs are tortured and children are “forced” and taught to cut them open). Prizes should be kept for the best designed Khadi… this should be voted by the students electronically so as to encourage the best designer to improve his art.

School Students and Teachers can wear Khadi once a week. That would increase the demand of Khadi manifold and provide employment for the Khadi workers in the villages. People are asking what can we do to help farmers to avoid suicide… well we can buy the clothes they make. The Khadi and looms can be powered by Solar Panels. The power of Charka is anybody can do it… even a beggar .. then he will no longer be a beggar.  Above all it will empower the educated and the uneducated to create something from “nothing”. They would no longer have to deal with abstract subjects. Also the law of Khadi as per Mahatma Gandhi is “Only a person who makes Khadi should wear it”. THIS WAS NEVER HIGHLIGHTED EVER!

Below are some activities which can be brought to the knowledge of children. Each are an industry by itself and if incorporated into their home can save a lot of money of the parents over the years. Not only will their food be healthy but it will save enough money to cover the cost of education.

  1. Khadi – Each student must learn how to use the Spinning Wheel – It is the only object that unifies India and is the symbol of our freedom movement. Khadi. Spinning is the best and most productive thing to do while watching TV anyway. It will help the student to concentrate better. The chem Lab can be made more usefull this way. Or another “Practical Lab” can be opened for this similar and following activities.
  2. Agriculture – Each Student can grow one vegetable & one Fruits every year either at school or at home or both.
  3. Learn the art of turning Sugarcane juice to Gur and prepare it as practical in each school.
  4. Learn and prepare biogas at school and home.
  5. Create atta from wheat by turning stone wheel and maintenance of the stone wheel.
  6. Create handmade paper.
  7. Learn to extract oil from nuts & seeds like – Coconut, groundnut, sesame seeds, etc
  8. Toy making from wood, bamboo, etc
  9. Bamboo basket weaving etc.
  10. Once a week helping local farmers with sowing paddy etc (Sweat donation), making bunds, clearing farm, cutting grass, feeding cows, etc. These are all learning something useful that will help them later in life.

Since we are discussing Khadi we would request all the interested people to purchase at least 10% of their clothing as Khadi. Some of the things that can be easily replaced are Khadi Towel, Khadi Bedsheet, Khadi handkerchief, Khadi pillowcase and then finally Khadi clothes.

When purchasing Khadi always ensure that the cotton used is organic cotton because Genetically Modified “BT Cotton” is an Earth Killer and mainly responsible for the Farmer Suicides in India. The farmers had made their soil weak and unhealthy with years of chemical farming which killed the earthworms and the bees. With both of these any farming is bound to FLOP!!!! So Bring this to the notice of the farmers and the Khadi sellers. 

By the time these kids are out of college they would be creating some of the best quality manufacturing business in town. Not only that they would they know how to create something useful but they would have mastered how to market it and how to sell it.

Khadi and the Solar Charka must and will play a great role in the future manufacturing field in India… to me it is as clear as DAYLIGHT.

3 Cr Chinese or 20 Lakh Indian E-Bus?

Three Crore Chinese Electric Bus instead of a 20 Lakh Indian Bus? Why choose Chinese over Indian? Where is Made-in-India in all this?

Speedways - Indian Company - AC Electric Bus for Rs 20 Lakh

Speedways – Indian Company – AC Electric Bus for Rs 20 Lakh

Delhi is the new entrant of one of the seemingly unending “Pilot Projects” being conducted on Electric Bus Technology as if it is some kind of an alien technology. This has been going on since 2010. This is in spite of India being the Leader in electric Car technology till 10 yrs ago. Electric Vehicle as a concept and product had been proved beyond doubt by Chetan Maini with his Reva 20 yrs ago. This was at a time when Tesla as a company was not even founded and the best battery technology was Lead Acid battery.

But still through the years we have been conducting Pilot Projects with Electric Bus because for some it is unbelievable that a vehicle can run without putting in petrol/diesel. What we at PlugInCaroo CANNOT UNDERSTAND is WHAT IS TO BE ESTABLISHED by these pilot projects? The vehicle runs for free for 250 odd kms then recharge it with solar panels for free and then again run it for free? WHAT IS THERE TO ESTABLISH?  If people are willing to give even Rupee 1 for their entire ride THAT WOULD BE A BONUS. So what is there to establish with Pilot Projects?

Mumbai has done it with BEST, Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) has its own project, Bangalore has done it, Modi has flagged of one for Members of Parliament  Nitin Gadkari has his project with ISRO. Mahindra has one running in the Agra-Taj Corridor.

Along with the electric bus one will also come across shocking price tags for such buses like the BYD electric buses of China which cost 3 Crore!!! The price of the bus is so high that the project is UNVIABLE and unsustainable.

Why are buses worth 3 Crore EVEN CONSIDERED when we in India have SPEEDWAYS Company Electric Bus costing just 20 lakhs??!!??

Then there is this CONVERSION-Technology that is being done especially the Nitin Gadkari version which plans on taking the old HEAVY and “khatara” diesel buses and converting them to Electric Buses… exactly like they did with CNG buses and trying to run it successfully. This too is UNVIABLE and unsustainable because of the inefficiency of the heavy body weight of the old diesel buses and its wheels.

Then we have Buses with Large windows which look beautiful and gives good view around. But these also bring in a lot of heat from outside. This extra heat will put extra unwanted burden on the electric Buses especially if it is air-conditioned.

Then there is this Air-conditioned bus model which are technically UNVIABLE and unsustainable because it uses almost same energy when stationary as it does when running. This is because the Air-conditioner is running continuously EVEN ON NORMAL COOL DAYS this happens because the WINDOWS ON THE BUS ARE FIXED and un-open-able even on a normal cool day. But these type of buses provide excellent comfort to the passengers although they will give reduced mileage… But because of the fact there is no cost for the fuel it doesnt matter if the mileage gets reduced from 300 kms to 250kms or even 200kms. Electric Buses are still a much better option than a Petrol or Diesel or EVEN CNG vehicle.

The advantage of Electric buses over CNG buses is that electric buses are more silent and have less vibration when running than a CNG-Buss. 

So the above technology models for Electric buses MUST BE AVOIDED BY ALL COMPANIES PURSUING  ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY. The optimum electric bus must have the following:

The Essentials of Electric bus:

  1. Aluminum Body
  2. Aluminum or similar light Wheels.
  3. 100% Solar Roof
  4. NON Air-conditioned (low fare Rs 1 per km ticket cost)
  5. Air-conditioned (Rs 5 per km ticket cost)
  6. Built-in GPS &  camera
  7. No need for Navigation Device (external can be attached)
  8. Rain resistant.
  9. Waterproof battery & motor
  10. Stone safety-mesh on windows
  11. LED Screens on the upper part to show route and location based advertisement about the coming stop. Eg if the Bus is going to Dadar advertisement of some shops etc in Dadar can be played if not normal advertisement. This will be a mode of revenue.
  12. Safety Door.

Electric Mini buses and its bigger siblings will also make excellent tourist buses and can easily replace the multi-axle Volvo and Mercedes buses because even the Volvo & Mercedes buses  with all their quality seating and shock absorbers shake like earthquake even while waiting for passengers or at Signals due to the fact that they are run on Diesel vehicle.

What is completely unacceptable that our manufacturers are making Electric Vehicles but they are not even being considered by Government Department. In 10 years there has not been a Single Tender to supply Electric Buses for Public OR Private Use…

 

Kinetic launches e-three wheeler Safar

Highlights:

  • All steel body,
  • Dual head-lamps for night vision,
  • Dash board with battery indicator and speedometer.
  • Drive train with Gears to enable climbing flyovers.
  • Maximum speed of 25 km/hr.
  • Can carry four passengers + driver.
  • Price Rs 1.28 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).

Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions, a venture of Kinetic Group, has launched its indigenously designed battery operated e-three wheeler ‘Kinetic Safar’ priced at Rs 1.28 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).

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Electric Autorickshaws launched in Bengaluru

RJMS-EV, a private company that is into manufacturing of electric vehicle and components in Bengaluru has a patent in their name for their innovation in switching a typical auto that runs on gas to a solar-run auto rickshaw. The rickshaw was launched officially in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Electric Autorickshaws launched in Bengaluru

Electric Autorickshaws launched in Bengaluru

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Ather Scooter Vs Gogoro – FIRST EVER SHOOTOUT

  Ather Scooter Vs Gogoro – FIRST EVER SHOOTOUT… Even before Ather Scooter is out…

Ather Scooter Vs Gogoro Scooter

Ather Scooter Vs Gogoro Scooter…dho dala!

Most of Ather Energy Scooter’s specifications and Images are out except the Price. Even Ather Energy has not decided on the Price… yet… but we at PlugInCaroo take the liberty to guess that the scooter could be priced around Rs 95,000 (US$ 1,400) EXACTLY!!!

At this price we expect the 10,0000 Ather Scooter to be sold out within months of its release. Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai & Bangalore each can swallow 2,000 Electric Bikes within days of its release especially if there is online purchase and home delivery.

We at PlugInCaroo forecasts sales of Ather Energy to be around 200,000 in a year hoping they can ramp up to meet the demand. But after this figure if they are not able to provide charging facilities in between cities or extra batteries then the demand could infact drop.  This is necessary as the scooters can never be just inside city devices but also intercity connectors.

Price: Gogoro Scooter is priced at US$ 3,000 At this price Gogoro Scooter is MORE THAN TWICE as expensive as Ather Scooter. This would be a major drawback for Gogoro. If Ather Energy ships to Taiwan then Gogoro might as well close down because it would make no sense to buy a Gogoro when you have a similar scooter for less than half the price.

Range: Ather scooter has a range of 60Kms while Gogoro has a range of 100kms. Although Gogoro might seem like a winner it is not necessarily so…because most people do not travel 100kms a day, and those who do travel beyond that have to seriously consider shifting to a CNG-Car  because  level of comfort  and safety is better in a car and the CNG price and mileage of cars makes the expense similar.

Top Speed: Ather scooter has a top speed of 72Kmph while Gogoro has a top speed of 95kmph.. a difference of 23kmph. But in City traffic its not very much possible… to reach 95kmph on a steady basis. Thus this too has only a limited advantage to Gogoro.

Battery: Ather has mentioned that they will have “swapable” battery meaning they could have battery that than can be swapped so as to double its range. This COULD POSSIBLY BE carried home by the user, not only making the bike safer from being stolen but also enabling the user to charge the battery at home. (At this point Ather has not specifically mentioned that users can carry the battery home to recharge). This one aspect would give the scooter ENORMOUS advantage OVER Gogoro Scooter which no user can recharge at home and basically it would be useless carrying home 2 battery packs when it cannot be recharged thus Gogoro has lost he biggest advantage of Li-Ion battery which is the battery is 3 times lighter than Lead Acid batteries and can be carried home to be recharged.

Seating Capacity: Ather has specifically designed the bike to be a 2 person bike with enough room and space to take in a kid as the 3rd passenger. While Gogoro has been designed as a single person scooter and the extra passenger can be managed… but it is more so as an after thought.

Ather Scooter Dashboard vs Gogoro Scooter Dashboard

Ather Scooter Dashboard vs Gogoro Scooter Dashboard

Dashboard: Although the Gogoro dashboard is interesting and  better than all existing scooter dashboards the Ather Dashboard is much better than Gogoro not only integrating street-maps and GPS but also in its look, feel and layout.

No Dealership: Ather Energy has done a major breakthrough by not going in for “Dealership Distribution” method as is the way the motor industry works. The biggest irritant about dealership is they keep requesting for “servicing the EV” (to coerce some money from the customer) even though the EV doesn’t need it. With the direct relationship with the customers will enable Ather a great deal, especially in the early days, to get customer feedback and to update and improve their product. The customers will also be more at ease dealing directly with the company as most of the time the dealership staff and owners do not like to deal with the problems of the customers.

Re-Charge: The users of Gogoro have no say or role in charging their scooters. Not only that but they have to go to a booth either near or far from their residence or work place to change their battery just like one used to do with a cooking gas cylinder years ago. But with Ather the user can decide when, where and how to charge the vehicle.

Design: The Gogoro Bike has stuck to the traditional scooter design while Ather guys have designed their bike to look meaner and aggressive and is a cross between a motorcycle and a scooter especially the forked shockabs on front, mono-shock swing-arm on the rear, exposed skeleton under the seat and aggressive tyre-treads. Look-wise the Ather Scooter scores over the Gogoro. The only place Gogoro scores over the Ather is the LED animation when the vehicle starts and the compact Gogoro battery design. In all other deaprtments Ather beats Gogoro fair and square.

Freebies & Updates: And if the Ather Energy team can give quicker charging or better maps or increase the range of batteries over free online updates or even free customer center updates the customers are going to be flattered and going to be an Ather Fan for Life.  Ather guys could possibly send emails directly to the vehicle or direct the vehicle to the nearest Repair/Service centre to replace brake pads, battery or tyre replacement or some random technical work based on of where the vehicle currently is. This is a distinct possiblity.

Market: The size of the local Indian Market for Ather is mind boggling and is its biggest advantage. While Gogoro will always struggle for a market not only in Taiwan but also in the world because of its crazy battery-recharge-strategy… for Ather setting up shop anywhere in the world would be a breeze. If the company does sales of 200,000 in its 1st year it should go public in its next year… the company has immense potential especially since they are interested to get into bigger vehicles. With the BRICS loan to India focusing on Solar Energy Ather could play a VERY big role in “…lighting up your neighborhood” with charging stations.

The final verdict is that Ather Scooter scores high over the Gogoro Scooter not only in looks and price but also in convenience of use.