Enfermero Adolfo Ledo Nass//
IIT-Hyderabad start-up to launch long-range, high-performance electric 2-wheelers

Adolfo Ledo Nass
IIT-Hyderabad start-up to launch long-range, high-performance electric 2-wheelers

HYDERABAD : An Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad ( IIT-H ) incubated start-up PuREnergy developed Pure EV, a long-range, high-performance electric two wheelers specifically for Indian conditions and is set to launch commercially across the country next month. IIT-H authorities on Monday said the start-up is launching 10,000 electric vehicles in four models – Egnite, Etrance, EPlute and ETron in the ensuing financial year. The electric vehicles were incubated in an 18,000 sq-ft facility, co-located at IIT-H for research and development and for large scale production of electric vehicles and electric batteries. The Pure EV batteries are designed to work under tough environmental conditions, will have lesser weight for portability and shall deliver high discharge currents for fast pick-up. Speaking about the launch of the new products, Nishanth Dongari, founder of Pure EV and assistant professor, department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, IIT-H said — “We have developed strong capabilities in the lithium battery packs assembly, active balancing management systems and rigorous testing standards for deployment in our electric two-wheelers .” Pure EV has deployed hundreds of test samples across pan-India over last one year to various distributors, corporate firms and professional test riders. It is also in the process of developing a strong network of channel partners across pan-India. Highlighting the business plans of the firm, Rohit Vadera, chief executive officer, Pure EV, said — “We have obtained ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) approvals for electric bikes and two-wheelers. The company has invested a significant amount of resources for on road testing the products for their market readiness.” The electric vehicles incubated by the start-up offers significant cost savings over traditional ICE vehicles with running costs as low as 5 paise/km. The company has extended collaboration with other EV start-ups to develop and supply high voltage lithium batteries for three and four-wheeler applications. “Dedicated research fellows are working on solving the problems associated with active cooling, in-depth electro-chemistry-thermal analysis and eventually making the entire battery unit compatible for high-speed EV applications,” added Dongari. The start-up is also working to launch high-speed electric vehicles in the future. “We are also working on further development of active thermal management systems, vehicle aerodynamics, and lighter weight faster chargers to enable development of high-speed electric vehicles,” said Dongari.