Headline: PURE EV's long range, high performance electric two wheelers to hit Indian roads soon
With collaboration with R&D laboratories of IIT Hyderabad, the startup will get the strong technological support from the former.
Electric vehicles are the next big thing in automotive industry. Many auto majors are entering the arena of manufacturing the electric vehicles at an accelerated speed. Startups are not behind when it comes to providing for the next trend and demand of the market. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad-incubated startup, PURE EV has developed long range, high performance electric two wheeler which has been designed keeping in mind the conditions of Indian streets and traffic environment. The launch of these electric two wheelers can be expected next month, all across the country.
The vehicle startup PURE EV, has launched four models namely 'EGNITE’, ‘ETRANCE’, ‘EPLUTO’ and ‘ETRON’, which will be deployed on the Indian roads soon. As of now, they have conducted many test drives pan-India collaborating with several distributors, corporate firms and professional test riders.
PURE EV, which is the electric vehicle branching of PuREnergy, which is a startup incubated by IIT Hyderabad. PuREnergy manufacturers high performance lithium batteries and was started by Dr. Nishanth Dongari, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, IIT Hyderabad in 2016. It is now led by Mr. Rohit Vadera, an alumnus of IIT Bombay.
The startup has established an 18,000-sqft state-of-the-art facility, co-located with IIT Hyderabad, for cutting-edge Research and Developing as well as for large scale production of electric vehicles and electric batteries. With collaboration with R&D laboratories of IIT Hyderabad, the startup will get strong technological support from the former.
Features of the vehicles designed and developed by PURE EV:
- The batteries are designed to work under tough environmental conditions
- The batteries will have lesser weight for portability
- They will deliver high discharge currents for fast pickup
Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, and Prof U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad visited the manufacturing unit and state that the vision of the company is to enable the current generation of electric two wheeler to be upgraded to match the performance parameters of the conventional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles in terms of reliability, power and economics.
Speaking on the launch of the vehicles, Dr. Nishanth Dongari said," We have developed strong capabilities in the lithium battery packs assembly, active balancing management systems and rigorous testing standards for deployment in our electric two-wheeler. We are also working in the Institute for further development of active thermal management systems, vehicle aerodynamics, and lighter weight faster chargers. This will enable us to launch high-speed electric vehicles in the future."
He further adds, "The company has extended collaboration with other EV startups to develop and supply high voltage lithium batteries for three and four-wheeler applications. Dedicated research fellows are working on solving the problems associated with active cooling, in-depth electro-chemistry-thermal analysis and eventually making the entire battery unit compatible for high-speed EV applications."
Commenting further, Rohit Vadera, Chief Executive Officer, PURE EV, said, “We have obtained ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) approvals for electric bikes and two-wheeler. The company has invested a significant amount of resources for on road testing the products for their market readiness."
The team expertise in battery design by choosing ultra-performance cells and efficient battery management to enhance on road life and range of battery by up to 50 per cent. PURE EV is equipped with destructive testing, vibration testing and on-road simulation to tests to ensure continuous improvements of critical EV components and gain insights.