According to reports, the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) organised a demo programme of solar-powered battery operated car at the Anert headquarters at PMG Junction here on Saturday.
The demo was held as per the plan of the Union Ministry of Urban Development to implement the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP)-2020 for promoting electrically-operated vehicles. Various government departments participated in the programme and D took part in the test drive of the solar-powered battery-operated vehicle (TVS Mahindra E20 model car). The car is fully-battery operated, has lithium ion batteries which can be charged from KSEB supply or solar power and a 19KW, three-phase induction motor is used in the vehicle. Once fully charged, the car can travel up to 100 km. Five hours are needed for one full charge of the battery. The vehicle can reach top speed of 81 kmph and seat a maximum of four people.
The facilities of power window, central locking, air conditioning, electrically adjustable mirrors and GPS navigation with 6.2” touch screen, regenerative braking, re-coloured body panels, automatic drive without gear, remote diagnosis facility, low running cost 40 paise/km and low maintenance cost (no clutch, no gear, minimum moving parts) are some of its advantages.
Anert has decided to purchase one car along with solar charging facility to create awarenss among public.