After the hybrid vehicles, the latest in the host of innovations by students of RV College of Engineering is a singleseater electric race car which can vroom from zero to 75 metres in five seconds and touch a maximum speed of 120 kmph.
Operating under the banner of Team Chimera founded in 2006, the latest product in the college stable was built from the scratch, students claim and can cover a distance of 40 km at a racing speed once it is fully charged. It will take the car around four hours to be fully charged.
“We are one of the first colleges in the country to successfully transcend to the automobile sector of hybrid and electric technology,” said Dr Shanmukha Nagaraj, a professor at R V College of Engineering, Mysuru Road. The electric race car was one of the main attractions at the three-day Electric Vehicle Technology Expo (EV South EXPO) that began at Chandragupta Maurya Playground in Jayanagar on Friday.
“It took us a year and Rs 12 lakh to come up with a fully electric race car weighing around 250 kg, excluding the driver,” said Shrikesh S, team captain of Chimera. “Our focus switched from hybrid to electric as we believe that electric is the future. This car was designed and built by students on the college premises,” he added.
Students cutting across different batches and courses are part of this project. “We work together to develop a technology that is more environmentally friendly and efficient than . If one batch fails, another will learn from those mistakes and learn from it” said Swapnil Savarn, a fourth-year student of mechanical engineering at R V College.
Team Chimera has also participated in various race car design competitions like Formula Hybrid Competition (2014) US, Formula Electric Competition (2015) Italy and Student Formula (2016,2017) Japan as well Formula Green and Formula Bharat, both in Coimbatore during 2018.
“We have also the foremost priority to the safety of the driver so that crashes or any electric circuits during an accident can be prevented,” said Shrikesh.
“The main sponsor is our college. Also, about 10 private companies are supporting us with various financial and technical assistance. In fact, HPCL, a company, is also one of our partners,” said Nagaraj.
The Electric Vehicle Technology Expo (EV South EXPO) is showcasing latest, technologically advanced, pollution free two and three-wheeled electric vehicles like erickshaws, e-carts, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-bicycles as well as e-loaders by more than 40 national and international companies.
Online store for electric vehicles
Starting October 2, Hyderabad-based ev-max, an electric vehicle online store, will focus on creating an ecosystem for faster adoption of electric vehicles. Vasu Deva Reddy, a founder of ev-max, said their web and app-based facility will help customers buy a new electric vehicle or sell their old ones. It will also have information on service stations, charging points and spare parts for their e-vehicles.
Battery-operated vehicles to collect garbage
A private firm is offering battery-operated vehicles, costing Rs 1.2 lakh, to collect segregated waste from households. Sahil Sharma, director of Haryana-based Arzoo Vehicles, said: “Each hydraulic garbage loader can carry waste of 350 kg-700kg; it will have provision to collect wet and dry waste separately.” The company is in talks with BBMP to operate these vehicles in Bengaluru. Once charged, it can run up to 100km for 6-8 hours,” Sharma said.