Warangal Urban: With the world inching towards using eco-friendly electric vehicles vehicles considering the urgency to protect the environment from pollution, an Associate Professor, Dr Mukuloth Srinivas Naik, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chaitanya Deemed to be University (CDU), Warangal, has converted a petrol engine car into a battery-operated vehicle. This innovation will help petrol and diesel car owners to convert their cars to eco-friendly EVs.
“As there is increased demand for electric vehicles due to skyrocketing fuel prices, this research was carried out to save money on petrol and service charges of an engine with a gearbox. As a part of this, a motor of 48 Volts, 700 Watts and 500 rpm has been replaced with an engine of a Maruti 800 car. The motor is connected to the flywheel by a chain drive and it was a success. The actual engine capacity of 3.5 kW, 1500 rpm and 48 volts covers 100 km with one charge without any disturbance. To reduce 50 kg weight, engine and gearbox were removed and the motor was connected to the drive shaft by a chain,” CDU Vice-Chancellor Prof Gurrapu Damodar told ‘Telangana Today’.
The vehicle runs at a speed of 60 kmph, and it is very economical as it costs just 20 paise per km. The conversion costs Rs two lakhs. It is eco-friendly and the people who use cars for short distances will find this model very convenient and economical. Prof Damodar added that the CDU would apply for its patent. “Any old diesel/petrol car can be converted into this battery car. The transport department will allow this kind of vehicles to ply on the roads in future as the government is encouraging battery-operated electric cars. Hope, many people can convert their petrol/ diesel cars into EVs,” he added.
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