Monthly Archives: June 2016

1 Lakh Biogas plants coming up in each State!!!

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has allocated to the States and Union Territories (UTs) an annual target of setting up one lakh (100,000) family size biogas plants (1 m3 to 6 m3 capacity) for the current year.
                                                                  A 2 cubic metre capacity Biogas Digester (Plant)
This will result in a likely saving of about 21,90,000 LPG cooking cylinders annually, besides providing biogas plant processed bio-manure to reduce and supplement use of chemical fertilizers, an official press release said.
There would be saving of about 10,000 tonnes of urea equivalent. The average envisaged saving of emissions through carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere would be about 4,50,000 tonnes and about 2,50,000 tonnes respectively, that would help in reducing the causes of climate change.
The MNRE is implementing a National Biogas and Manure Management Progamme (NBMMP) for setting up family type biogas plants in the country. The objective of the scheme is to provide clean gaseous fuel for cooking and organic bio-manure as a by-product in the form of biogas plant left over slurry, which contains higher values of Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
NBMMP also helps in mitigating drudgery of women in rural and semi-urban areas by saving in their time both in collection of firewood, making cattle dung cakes and cooking.
A biogas plant will facilitate in achieving sanitary in villages by linking sanitary toilets with cattle dung based biogas plants and the slurry bio-manure can be applied for crop production in solid, liquid or dried form.

Ather Scooter and bigger wheels

It has been the observation of PlugInCaroo from day one (and even during design stage) that Ather Scooter needs to have bigger wheel size to take advantage of its engine. It should have a minimum of 16 inches if it not  17 inches to take full advantages of the EV.

It already has a very powerful 3,000/5,000 watt motor and also has very powerful battery that can quickly transfer the power requirement to it really makes no sense in going with a small “scooter” wheel. Is the wheel a bottleneck to the awesome power output of the bike?

Just by putting on 17 inch wheels the very same bike (with a little modification) can easily cross 100kmph instead of the existing 75kmph speed. Moreover the bigger wheels along with the existing suspensions will only improve the ride quality and handling speed over rough terrain or unpaved roads. Over paved city roads the rid-quality will be unparalleled even by more expensive motorcycles or scooters!!!

Further the high rate of torque and speed pick-up makes it necessary to have bigger wheels. Since this could reduce range due to the added weight Ather can add a little bigger battery and position it as a premium model.

This bigger model can also be pushed as Electric-Trike, Electric-ATV, Electric 3 wheel or 4 wheel Tractor.

If they do manage to bring out a bigger wheel model they can move on to the electric Trike and electric ATV models. These do have a huge market in middle-east for leisure riding over sand dunes in the desert especially in the future taking into consideration the falling price of oil and the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup. Enormous business opportunity awaits Tarun and Swapil.

The 17 inch wheel will also enable them to get into the lucrative and ever growing tractor business in India and replace the existing tractors with cheaper Electric Tractors. As the Gulf Oil markets crumble and falls millions of Indians are going to return to India and get into Agriculture and this will create a huge boom around this business.

With smaller wheels their choice of vehicles will be limited.

Atieva the 900 hp 4xWheel drive

Atieva plans to put a premium electric sedan on the road in 2018, followed by a pair of luxury crossovers in 2020-2021, company executives told Reuters in an exclusive interview. The company is racing not just against Tesla, but also against three China-based startups that are using Silicon Valley technologists.

With its first car still at least two years away (2018) from production, Atieva is using a Mercedes-Benz Vito commercial van to test the drivetrain: a pair of high-output electric motors, a lithium-ion battery pack, inverters and controllers.

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Now CNG-Scooter with 120kms range!

  • The Indian govt. has started a pilot programme for running CNG scooters
  • 50 Honda Activa scooters have been retrofitted with CNG kits
  • The CNG powered scooters have been given to Domino’s pizza delivery boys

In a concrete step to curb pollution, the Indian government has launched a first-of-its-kind Pilot Programme in the country that will see…

Grimsel 0 to 100 km/h in 1.512 seconds!

Instant electric torque means warp-drive acceleration from standstill, allowing family cars to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) faster than a McLaren F1. Couple that accelerative potential with determined students, and it’s not hard to guess what happens next. A team based out of Switzerland has just shattered the acceleration record for EVs, hitting 100 km/h in a staggering 1.513 seconds.

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Shah Rukh Khan’s Electric Car attacked!

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was spotted driving his brand new BMW i8 car in Bandra, Mumbai, very close to his home in the western suburbs. Many fans took pictures of his swanky new white car that has a futuristic design. The photos went viral on social media. But not many fans know that as Shah Rukh was driving down the beach promenade on Bandstand, he was attacked by a person who seemed to be a beggar.

It could well have been a… Continue reading

Tata Nano EV @ 4 Lakhs & 200km Range!!!

Thanks to BHPian tushky who sent the spyshots in to Team-BHP. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing it with other enthusiasts!

Image Source: RushLane

A test mule of the Tata Nano has been spotted testing with… Continue reading

Wind Power for Home at Rs 50,000

Brothers and innovators Arun and Anoop George from Kerala have created a small wind turbine that can generate enough electricity to power a home daily. Owners of a clean energy company, Avant Garde Innovations, the two brothers are targeting to make this innovation available at the price of around Rs 50,000.

Image : The Quint
Image : The Quint

“We have made this turbine at a cost that is almost unheard of in the country so far,” says Arun, the CEO and founder of Avant Garde Innovations. “Whatever power… Continue reading

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