Rural and urban employment generation to cater to potential e-cycle market opportunity in India.Tctd@1232020-01-29T06:41:35+00:00
Rural and urban employment generation to cater to potential e-cycle market opportunity in India
PI: Prof. Arindrajit Chowdhury, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Co-PI: Prof. Debraj Chakraborty, Department of Electrical Engineering and Sujay Sirur (Eaton)
The technical feasibility of electric bicycles has been demonstrated in various European and Asian markets. Conversion kits to convert bicycles to full-electric or pedal-assist pedelecs are commercially available. The opportunity for widespread use of this technology for eco-friendly and healthy commute in tier 2 and 3 Indian cities is close to realization. This need can be met by developing technology, products and manufacturing foot-print for e-cycles suitable for Indian conditions. Developed as a kit, this can create employment for semi-urban and rural youth, as well as promote cost-effective means of transportation for the lower strata of the society. The existing kits can be redesigned (likely from bottom-up) to customize for Indian conditions. Developing features that are important to Indian customers and reducing or sharing the ownership/operating costs by using innovative means are the key areas to be worked upon.