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Growth of E-vehicle Ecosystem in India: E-Rickshaws - Changes the way we Travel


Leo Reegan

Bangalore, 19th January 2017:

In this interview with Rajesh Shankar, lead manager of Green Ride, Erode(Tamil Nadu) discusses the importance of greener environment and their contribution to the society in making battery operated vehicles.

What is the role of “Green Ride” in the electric vehicle industry?

Green Ride is a pioneer in the supply of battery operated vehicle to support our nation to “Go Green Everywhere”. We started our business with highly qualified technical, marketing and service engineers. Our motto is “Eco Green Vehicle” to avoid air and noise pollution and providing last mile connectivity to everyone.
We manufacture and supply e-loaders, rescue vans, school vans, container models and food carts. We also assemble E-cycle, E-bikes, and E- passenger Rickshaws. We offer these products which are immensely appraised in the market for robust construction, high performance, longer service life, comfortable seats and low maintenance.
These products are manufactured by using cutting edge technology and high grade components as per set quality standards. We have replaced petrol and diesel with alternative fuel.


Does this alternative really work?

Technology and innovation changes the environment entirely. Earlier these kinds of innovations were used to reach out globally, but now both the manufacturers and the customers are coming forward and adopting this to make the future generations eco friendly. We have created and demonstrated the technology and it’s time to put it commercially in the automobile market.  It’s one of our moves for the sustainable transport. This alternative method of transportation is adaptable and adjusted for variety of purposes.

Is this technology cost effective? How does it benefit the user?

This actually differs with the model of the vehicle and the configuration it has. From an economic perspective, the main advantage of using electric vehicles is to save diesel costs. Let me explain some of the technology we use in manufacturing E-bikes and E-Rickshaws.

  1. E-Bikes: We have designed two models V-48 and V-60 functioning with 250 and 350 watts motor capacity. It travels 25-35 km/hr as per the government norms for electric vehicles. We use normal spares which are commonly used in all the petrol bikes for reliability. The bikes we design are made of DC motors and lead acid batteries. It holds four hours of charge and can travel up to 60 kilometers. Customers with 60-80 kg can use V-48 and V-60 is being used by the people over 100 kilograms.
  2. E-Rickshaws: We manufacture two variants of E-Rickshaws, one for passengers and one for loading. Passenger E-Rickshaws come with a battery voltage of 12volt and 1000-1300 watt motor power with the seating capacity of six plus one (6+1) driver. Loader E-Rickshaws has three different capacity variants ranging from 250kg, 600 and one ton capacity. Different drive and chain drive technology have been used for the above respected models for the pulling power. One ton capacity vehicles use chain drive technology which is used to increase the pulling ability.
  3. E-Cycles:E-Cycles cost around Rs 18,000 with four hours charging time and can travel up to 60km with a normal speed of 18-25km/h.  Green Ride assembles all kinds of vehicles as per the requirements of the customer.

E-bikes have been designed for all age groups and the responses from the consumers are high nowadays, says, Neptune automation, manufacturer of solid waste management equipments and consultant of Green Ride. E-Loaders are used in Agriculture, Government and private sectors, Water can supply Cylinder supply, Cotton supply, Carrying Iron products etc.
Green Ride supplies E-Loader vehicles to the state Municipality to collect the waste from the streets. Corporations started using it for Swachh Bharat schemes too. Earlier women collected waste by moving the cart to each street and they deposit all the waste in bigger bins which have been provided by Municipal Corporations. Now with the help of these vehicles, one ward can be covered in one hour and the separation of plastic and bio-degradable waste also takes place on the go and then is directly deposited in the dump yard. It takes six to eight hours of charging and can travel up to 90kms.

Future plans

Our Research and Development unit is working in the following areas: Introducing new models with higher capacity motor usage, minimizing the time takes for charging, construction of electric bunk, usage of Lithium-Ion battery. We are planning to maximize our work strength and the infrastructure to achieve a significant place in the Indian electric vehicle industry.







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