Monthly Archives: May 2016

CNG Scorpio… the best car ever!

The dilemma of buying an  SUV in India today is HUGE as diesel cars are a very polluting lot and because of that they are getting banned in quite a lot of cities.

Convert 2.2L Petrol Scorpio to CNG

Convert 2.2L Petrol Scorpio to CNG

Because of the ban M&M is looking forward to introduce the Scoprio with a 2.2L petrol engine into the Indian market which is at present exported to many countries. Actually Mahindra can retrofit these petrol Scorpios with CNG kits and it will be more actractive than even the Diesel Scorpio due to the low fuel expense and low maintenance cost.

Maintenance and service of Diesel engine is also more expensive than Petrol because of the fact that Diesel is a very thick liquid…more thicker than any oil that you have seen…

But to beat the companies the customer must buy Petrol SUVs and convert them to CNG. This is actually very profitable for the people as Petrol is 60% more expensive than CNG as on 2016 CNG = Rs 41 and petrol = Rs 66 in Mumbai. Not only that buy CNG gives better mileage than petrol and there is absolutely no loss of “power”.

Drive SUV at the cost of a scooter

Drive SUV at the cost of a scooter

CNG means Compressed Natural Gas.

The beauty with CNG is that you can have a car at the cost of a bike.

But do note that converting to CNG would void your car warranty. But who cares when you can save around Rs 20,000 per year in fuel costs!!! So instead of buying a tiny unsafe subcompact car it makes great sense to buy a petrol Scorpio and convert it to CNG after the first 1,000 (just in case if the car has some tiny problems its better to test it for 1000 kms).

There are many people who have converted to CNG and are happy they have done it. Check them out here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-term-ownership-reviews/59811-my-cng-linea-1-4-e-46-000-kms-update-18.html

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/mumbai/127647-cng-conversion-suraj-autogas-bandra-mumbai.html

Why Is Natural Gas a Good Source of Fuel for Survival Vehicles?

Commercially available natural gas includes 70 – 90% methane. Since methane is made from the decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, it is actually very easy to make even at home from kitchen and toilet waste (biogas).

(Can you even believe it you will be driving a car fuel of which you can make at home!). But PLEASE AVOID USING LPG OR COOKING GAS as it is very dangerous and thus illegal!!!

Even though you may only get 50 – 80% methane in a home based methane generator, it is still enough to power vehicles and just about anything else in your survival location.

Therefore, even if petroleum based products become unavailable, you will still be able to run farm equipment converted to natural gas and other essentials for making a living without relying on the current society.

 

Electric Bus reduces fares by half: Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari has an ambitious plan to operate all state-run buses on electricity. He said the move will not only reduce pollution but also help cut fares by 50%. Excerpts:

There are several issues linked to pollution caused by diesel vehicles . Is the government planning to discourage diesel use?
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Two-wheel drive electric utility Bike

Ubco 2X2 utility electric bike

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The Ubco 2X2 is not exactly a speed demon, but as an electric workhorse with a 200kg capacity, it’s well-suited to farm, rural, and offroad use.

In the agricultural and rural sectors, getting around…

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Ather has a chance to dominate the world tractor market

Ather Energy has a chance to dominate the world tractor market… bigger and wider wheels are paramount… it can completely capture Mahindra Tractor sales… whether Ather prefers to do this is completely up to them…. 70% of India resides in villages and of that 90 percent of Indian farms are small holding between 1 to 5 acres. It is expensive for a farmer to hire tractor and transport services frequently not only for ploughing his field… but also to transport his goods to the nearby market… and also to use as a work horse on the farm…. like carrying stuff like saplings or harvest to and from house, etc.

It would make great economic sense for Ather if it can combine the torque and low cost-per-usage advantages of Electric Vehicle to design a small ELECTRIC TRACTORS the size of electric rickshaw would be a great welcome and also lower the expense of the Indian farmer who are having to make do with very high expenses of farming…

Actually the existing electric rickshaw can be modified a little by adding bigger and wider wheel on the rear and the front. This vehicle can be a rickshaw and also double up as a tractor when needed. Since the vehicle will be under the sun providing solar panels to  dc-recharge the batteries would be a boon too. The vehicle could have Li-Ion or Lead Acid batteries….

Its sad that Enfield has chosen to ignore this huge market…. the problem with Indian market is that there is so much profit in any sector that there is no need to even innovate… just keep doing the same thing… The bullet has more or less remained the same until the last few years, Bajaj kept making auto rickshaws for so many years… but never thought of making a trike or an ATV buggy… and TVS bikes have been similar from ages…. the Nano has been the only vehicle to undergo so many changes… but even there you dont see the open top convertible Nano…. or the muscle Nano. Now even the Nano has reached a comfortable stage after GenX from where it will stay almost boringly unchanged for another decade…. the classic example is the Ambassador and Padmini… never changed its shape… neither its boot… not its hood.

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Start a Solar Business in India With Rs.25,000 and Earn in Crores

solar money india

With an average of 300 sunny days a year, ample rooftop space and push from Modi Government, India is witnessing a solar boom. According to Kunwer Sachdev, Su-Kam’s Managing Director, in the coming 5 years there will be a solar revolution in India – like mobile phone revolution. We are a country of billion plus people if something catches on it is bound to be BIG!

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Solar-powered Rickshaw in Punjab

Su-Kam is proud of its distributers and with the growing installations of solar power plants happening around the country we are blessed to have increasing number of loyal distributers who are dedicated to sell solar products.

Punjab is a state in India with a population of 27 million people, and an abundant amount of sunlight falling on its surface with a rough estimate of 2762 hours annually. That being a massive amount, the people of Punjab are not shying away from utilizing free solar energy to run their household load.

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Waste Tap Water but Save Rain Water

Waste Tap Water but Save Rain Water

Waste Tap Water but Save Rain Water

From childhood we are being taught to Save Tap Water… but nobody has taught us in school how to save rain water. Nothing has been done to save rain water when it should have been the other way around.  The ability to save tap water pales in comparison the sheer quantity of rainwater that is wasted into the sea through storm drain pipes. The ratio if there was any would be in the ratio of (1:23) 1 liter of tap water USED every day we have ignored 23 liters of rain water EVERY DAY.

The truth is India gets so much of rain… (whenever it rains)… that we no longer care to save rain water. So it just flows into the sea. Then there are periods of acute water shortage… this is also true in India’s Cherapunji which receives the highest rainfall in the WORLD.

We have in fact forgotten how to build step tanks in proportion to the population growth. Just like we forgot the principles of farming by 200 yrs of British rule we have also forgotten the importance our forefathers gave for ponds and water harvesting features. In farms people are covering and filling ponds for better agriculture output.

So how much rain water can we collect with a 1,000 sqft (3BHK) house roof in Mumbai? The answer is 192,780Lts per day. Or 1773, 50,200 Liters in 3 months of rain. (17 million ltrs or 1.7 Crore ltrs of rain in 3 months). How did we arrive at this figure?

As per the rain water calculation: (http://www.rainbarrelguide.com/how-much-water-can-you-collect-in-rain-barrels-during-a-rainfall/)

How much rain water can 1000 sqft roof of house save

How much rain water can 1000 sqft roof of house save? Answer = 600 gallons or 2268 ltrs!

As per Wiki for Mumbai the average annual precipitation is 2,167 mm or 85 inches of rain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai

Since 1,000 sqft can save 600 gallons as per the above link if we get 85 inches of rain in one day we get about 600gallons x 85 inch = 51000Gallons of rain water DAILY.

Now 1 Gallon = 3.78 ltrs so now we convert it into ltrs:

51,000Gallons x 3.78 = 192,780 Ltrs Daily!!!

In 3months of monsoon we get about 90 days x 192,780 = 1,73,50,200 Ltrs

Now if we divide the total amount of rain water collected in the year by 365 days we get 17350200/365 = 47,534 Ltrs per day!!!

Most people get about 2,000 ltrs of tap water for daily use in their house ceiling tank. Now if you waste your complete tap water daily you can waste only a maximum of 2,000ltrs daily while at the very same time you waste 47,534 ltrs (1,73,50,200/365) of rain water daily. This is a ratio of about 2: 47 or 1:23.

But are not our city buildings are committed to saving water by holding them in  Cement Tanks & Sintex water tanks in the basement of the buildings. NO this is not water harvesting this is water storing and do not refill the groundwater. The capacity of any and all manmade tanks are limited and just a fraction of the size of chambers that nature has made in the belly of the earth… that too not far from the surface. The man made tanks cannot create rivers or increase water table.

Lack of Water Harvesting into Ground leads to Flooding.

On one hand wells and tubewells are running dry on other hands water is flooding the topsoil. So why is no rain water being channeled into wells and borewells to store water and refill the ground water table. These wells are actually openings to huge underground tanks which nature has prepared over the years.

What happens when you don’t do not store water underground? The Earth punishes you for being foolish!

The unsaved rain water starts flooding the streets, goes into the gutters and drainage pipes, sewage drainage systems, storm drain pipe lines and when 1 million homes let this water waste you can multiply 47,534 ltrs x million. This will create flood… massive flood especially if the tide is high and the storm drain pipes cannot empty the water into the sea.

Previously earthworms and dung beetle were taking away a lot of pressure and creating their own tunnels for the water to flood and refill the groundwater but now with the advent of chemical fertilizer and pesticide and concrete/tar roads the water do not enter the earth but flows from the top into surface water drains.

So next time somebody tells you to save tap water… ask them if they are saving rain water?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toyota trying to bring down Modi’s “Brand India”

Toyota has quite irresponsibly started making statements that it does not have confidence in Modi’s Brand India because in a tiny part of India… diesel engines have been banned… that too only those above 2ltrs have been banned. All these years of the country giving Toyota all the tax breaks and advantages of investing in India has been thrown in the garbage by TOYOTA with that statement. The exact statement has been “Toyota Motor’s confidence in India has taken a big knock after the Supreme Court ban since mid-December 2015  on sale of high-end diesel cars and SUVs, and the continuing uncertainty… Is only adding to it. ” There is no uncertainity M/s Toyota…. UK, France and the world have started to realize the problems with diesel car and have started to ban it.

M/s Toyota… What is the problem with replacing diesel engines with Petrol or CNG engines that will benefit the consumer? Are you unable to do that?…something that other car-owners are doing? After all you can send the diesel engines to other state of India and need not re-export them. So even that is not a major problem. Then what is the problem? Gamesmanship… right?

This is a company that has till date not launched a single Electric car or hybrid car in India in spite of our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s push on electric cars and renewable energy. They don’t even have a proper sub-compact car to compete in India as the small cars make low profits. Personally I find the Tata Indigo is a much better car than Corolla on top of that Indigo gives a mileage of around 25kmpl! Other cars like Honda City & Civic are much better than Corolla.

Toyota models – the Innova, Fortuner, Land Cruiser and Prado (except the Corolla and lower-end models) have taken a hit. Toyota is concerned with only big PROFITS and not concerned about people’s health…. This is proof by the statements that they are making. Meaning which they will not be launching Electric cars in India.  Who cares?… India already has the best electric car in the world (value for money) in Mahindra’s & Chetan Maini’s E2O.

Toyota company has further stated that “ the element of trust has been broken between Toyota and the country as a whole, he said “it has become very difficult to launch new products or commit fresh investments.”… although the diesel engine ban is effective only in so tiny a part of India…that  it is not even a full State and do not have its own police force although it is the capital of India. Toyota has no doubt insulted the country as a whole.

Companies who wish to invest in ANY country must abide by its laws especially when iwhen the country’s citizen’s health is in question… but Toyota is trying to mount the pressure on India by trying to malign the “Brand India” that our Prime Minsiter Mr. Narendra Modi is so much trying to build.  Such companies who have no respect of India and its people’s health should be kicked out of India at the earliest and they must be very much willing as they don’t want to invest more and have “lost trust”.

Perhaps Toyota do not understand that this is the New India emerging from its ashes and not willing to bend over backwards to accommodate even the biggest companies if they don’t play by the rules. Nestle’s Noodle Ban is a good sample for Toyota to savor before opening its mouth so much that its foot lands in it. Companies like Toyota have become the biggest sellers of car not because of their quality but by exploiting developing countries like us and other under developed countries. Its time for the Government to be strict with such companies and give their balls a real tight squeeze.

Another awesome article on how bad drivers are attracted to Toyota. So if you are a good driver avoid Toyota cars says the article… check it out… talks a lot of sense…

 

Petrol cars have Zero resale value

Petrol cars bought today (May 2016)onwards may have Zero resale value… Since the value of a car is calculated over an approximate 10 year period of ownership the 10 yrs that will follow year 2016 will be tumultuous years in the automobile industry…. the winds of change are already starting to blow..and it will take not a stretch of imagination to visualize electric vehicles all over the LAND, SEA and AIR!

General Motors unveiled the concept Chevrolet FNR electric self-driving car at the 2015 Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, ...

General Motors had unveiled the concept Chevrolet FNR electric self-driving car at the 2015 Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China

When Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal banned Diesel cars there was a big furore. But now countries are taking steps to completely ban both Diesel AND Petrol vehicles. This is not surprising but it is in line with the Paris Pledge where the countries have pledge to wipe such engines (Coal, Diesel & Petrol) off the face of the planet. Countries like France and UK have been on it since  a few years.

The Labour Party of Netherlands has proposed banning the sale of all internal-combustion cars by 2025. That means only cars powered by electric or hydrogen will be allowed to join existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles. Once the existing petrol and diesel fleet go beyond its permissible road life duration, those cars can only be replaced by ‘green’ cars, according to the proposal. In 2014, the country built the world’s first solar-lit road and received praise from all over.

So by that account in 10 yrs time when we reach the year 2026 and you try to sell off your 2016 model car there will be no takers! Thus every single petrol or diesel car you buy today onwards will have zero resale value in 10 years time!!! Only way out is to buy Electric Cars!

PM Modi distributes E-Boats in Varanasi

PM Modi launches the environment friendly “E-Boats” at Assi Ghat, Varanasi. The boat can be charged by Solar Panels and it can ride for 4 hours straight… this 4 hours could save the boatman about Rs 20,000 in a month or Rs 240,000 in a year.

Boats have an inherent advantage of solar and battery because as they are always out in the sun and surrounding the boat with solar panels will always be an advantage. One 300 watt solar panel cost just Rs 14,000 on Snap Deal and save you lakhs in petrol/diesel! The battery advantage is that the motor need not push out VERY HIGH speed but optimum speed which conserves battery life.

The boat released above is a traditional single hull boat which have the propensity to tilt. Instead double or triple hull pontoon boats are perfect as these do not tilt and are much more steady even over rough waters.

4 years ago the Kerala government too had released solar electric boat

This video is of the second solar boat launched by TeamSustain, Kerala.This boat is 100% powered with Solar Photovoltaic modules, placed at the roof tops. Monocrystalline panels are used for the same. The DC output of the panels are controlled using a charge controller and stored in Batteries. The energy stored in the batteries, are used to power the electric motor propeller and allied component of the boat. This solar boat can run during normal daytime and for extra 8 hours without sunlight.

As backup option an electrical plug in port is provided to charge the batteries using conventional 220V,A.C 50 Hz, electricity . This boat is of 10 seater capacity.  This solar boat is entirely designed and made in India. The components used are from other countries.  All safety rules are considered,while designing and practiced in this boat. This boat is registered and authorized for transportation by governmental authorities. For more details on solar boat or solar related data, refer to http://www.teamsustain.com or email to info@teamsustain.com

Two years ago the compact 4 person solar boat had been released by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technologies took delivery of its solar fishing boat named CIFT Sun Boat in a ceremony led by Kerala Fisheries Minister K. Babu at Matsyafed Aquatic Farm, Njarakkal.

Andhra too had launched a chinese solar boat with good design on the river Krishna

solar boat on river krishna