Our Natural resources (petrol and diesel) are getting scarce by the day. Automobile manufacturers are focusing on developing new Electric Vehicles (EV) as it is said that electric is the future of mobility.
A team of students (called as E-ight) of Mechanical Engineering, Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE), Mysore, have developed an EV based that is based on the Tata Nano and it costs less than a brand new Royal Enfield Classic 350, which is Rs 1,55,000 ex-showroom.
The students built the electric Nano from scratch as a part of their final year project. According to a report by Star Of Mysore, students purchased a used Tata Nano worth Rs 41,500 and the cost of modification that includes an electric motor unit, batteries, controller, accessories and labour cost was Rs 96,658. The total cost of production for the project was Rs 1,38,158, which is Rs 16,842 cheaper than the RE Classic 350.
This electric Tata Nano has a range of about 40 km with a single person on board and an operational cost of just Rs 1.15 per kilometre, which makes it extremely affordable for a daily driver. However, with four people in the car, the range reduces to 35 km on a single full charge and the per kilometre cost comes to around Rs 1.32.
The electric Nano EV has a top speed of 40 km with a single person on board. With more people on board, the speed varies between 35 to 40 km. The car takes about 6 hours and 36 minutes to charge completely from zero. Quick charging is not available as it costs a lot more.
A student from the team said, "In the present day, air pollution is a major peril on human health. Foremost part of the air pollution is due to vehicles which run on power generated by Internal Combustion (IC) engines, namely petrol and diesel engines. The Government of India has taken a bold step to curb air pollution caused by vehicles. The alternatives for internal combustion vehicles are EVs."
Thoughts About The Electric Tata Nano
It is really good to see that these mechanical engineering students have made something from scratch that can be used as a daily mode of transport and help save the environment at the same time.