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The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has finally joined the Electric Revolution. Along with big guns like Mahindra Electric and Bajaj RE, ARAI has decided to support the electric auto-rickshaw movement.
The idea behind the move is mostly to conserve fuel and being more cautious and respectful of the environment. The contribution that the Automotive Research Association of India is bringing is technology that will enable current petrol run three-wheelers to be converted to electric models. Their concern however, is that people may may not choose to move to an electric model because of costs involved. But they also believe that a majority of citizens will move the electric way if they see the public transport sector running fully electric.
The ARAI Director, Rashmi Urdhwareshe said, "With the government's push to render 30 per cent of all vehicles in the country to electric ones by 2030, it is essential that consistent and active steps are taken in that direction, starting right away. While ARAI also assists other auto firms to bring in their electric vehicles, we are now focusing on the three-wheeler segment, where efforts are being made to convert the auto-rickshaws into electric models."
She also stated that, "Along with introducing new electric vehicles, one must also focus on turning existing vehicles into electric ones. This will not just benefit an individual but will help the country as a whole with regards to cost efficiency, for a cleaner and greener environment."
ARAI hope that BS-VI certified vehicles will launch this December as most of the approvals needed are through. In Addition, ARAI may tie up with several auto manufacturers to share ideas and expertise with. Bajaj and Mahindra Electric are definitely the right choices.
Mahindra Electric launched two variants of the Treo last year. The Treo is equipped with a 7.37kWh lithium ion battery that help propel the rickshaw up to 45kmph, and produces 3Nm of torque. The Treo Yaari is equipped with a 3.69kWh lithium ion battery and can touch a top speed of 24.5kmph. To know more about the Mahindra Electric Treo click here.
Bajaj RE, the nations leading three-wheel manufacturer was recently in the new for testing an electric variant of their auto-rickshaw. Bajaj RE claims the electric three-wheeler has a range of 120 kilometers and a top speed of 45kmph. While we do not have details about a launch, we reckon it will happen soon! To know more about the Bajaj RE Electric Auto-Rickshaw click here.
Thoughts About ARAI Joining The Electric Revolution
This is great news. India is definitely on her way to a cleaner and greener environment. Kudos to ARAI !