Indian startup builds innovative electric and hybrid kit for cars

WU staff | News | August 30, 2013
Indian startup builds innovative electric and hybrid kit for cars

Electric Vehicle India (EVI), an innovative start-up from Mumbai, has come up with a kit to convert any vehicle into a Hybrid or Electric vehicle.

The company which was founded by Priyank Dahanukar, is trying to address the issue of India's high dependence on fossil fuels, 80 per cent of which is consumed for road transport needs.

Designed and developed by a team of four, the retro-fitted kit can convert any car into a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle. “The EVI system can improve vehicle fuel economy, increase power and enable improved vehicle handling to both new and existing vehicles,” said Priyank, in a report on

According to the company, the kit does not effect the engine of the car. The kit which contains a motor, a controller for the motor, chargers, a battery management system and 800 to 1000 batteries comes in different sizes depending on the engine capacity of the car, which can range from 850cc to 2500cc.

What makes EVI's kit special is its low cost of development. “We have invested around Rs 32 lakh in the last 3 years on developing this idea and have a fully tested and working technology today,” added Priyank.

To achieve maximum charge the battery would take 8-10 hours and utilise only eight units of electricity. Installing the EVI kit will not require the removal of the petrol/diesel engine from the car, instead the energy source can be changed with the flick of a switch.

EVI has been developing the kit for over four years, but were given the green light only after the National Electric and Hybrid mobility mission was passed by the government. Currently the company is working with a variety of development partners including OEMs, Tier 1s, vehicle integrators and test centres.

Electric Vehicles can be charged at home, but the lack of charging infrastructure is the biggest hindrance for all-electric cars in the country. However, it is possible for batteries to be charged within a matter of minutes if quick charge stations are built, but this needs the help of vehicle manufacturers and the government.

There are a few issues that currently plague the success of electric cars, not just in India but the world over. Firstly, electric cars have a very limited range, far lesser than their fossil fuel powered counterparts. Second would be cost - Batteries are still far too expensive to make electric cars competitive with regular automobiles.

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