Eco-friendly cars are good news, and the same built from scrap raises eyebrows. Onkar Talmale, a 19-year-old boy from Nagpur, has managed to build an electric car from an old plastic drum and buckets.
Tamale has no prior experience in automobiles, nor has an engineering background. The 19-year-old made the car out of sheer interest with the pocket money he had saved - around Rs 50,000. Tamale, who currently studies in Pune, also drove the car he built to Amaravati and back.
This is not Tamale's first build though — when he was 14, he made a mobile charger using a bicycle. The electric car built by Tamale has been named 'Hirkani' which has taken the teenager about a month to develop.
Scrapped iron rods and pipes make up the chassis of the electric car, while an old plastic drum serves as the bonnet and plastic buckets make up for the front seats. The seats also have space to store away things.
Hirkani measures 10-feet in length and weighs around 200kg. The car also sports two headlamps up front, tail lamps at the rear and can be fully charged with two units of electricity. The batteries hold enough charge for the car to last four hours on the road, and Tamale's road trip of 150km did not require recharging the car in between.
Hats off to Tamale to begin with. To build an electric car from scrap and make a road trip of 150km without recharging is something that even reputed car manufacturers (some of them) are trying to achieve. Tamale might just have the needed inputs, or solutions carmakers are looking to build electric cars.