Between 2019 and 2020, the electric vehicle market in India registered a growth of 129%. Moreover, optimistic predictions claim that electric vehicles would dominate the Indian vehicle market in the coming decade.
Ever increasing fuel prices, which have skyrocketed in the early months of 2021, have compelled many potential buyers to consider buying EVs, be it a two-wheeler or a car. However, EVs face limitations in being able to cover long distances and demand long charging hours. The anxiety makes customers feel sceptical about shifting to the technology entirely.
But what if, instead of buying a new EV and breaking up with fuel altogether, you could retrofit your vehicle and get the best of both worlds? Omkar Thale, a software engineer from Panvel in Maharashtra, has just achieved this feat in a small garage in his backyard.
The 31-year-old software engineer has modified a Honda Activa, which functions as both a petrol as well as an electric vehicle. It will be interesting to note that Omkar started the project as a hobby, and went almost bankrupt in his pursuit, before coming up with a successful model.
The moped can switch modes between petrol and electric even between the ride and can travel up to 85 km on a single charge. The top speed is 60 km/hr and has already run a distance of 9,000 km over the past few months, while it awaits approvals from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT). Moreover, the cost of retrofitting the vehicle is 40% less than buying a new one. It can also help you cut down on toxic emissions.