Electric cars are the talk of the town now-a-days and so is Gujarat because of the obvious reasons. What if you combine both of them? Well, you get an Electric car made in Gujarat, that can run upto 1000 km on a single charge, yes a single charge! The recently concluded maiden Gujarat Auto Show, saw the prototypes of an indigenously developed Sports car, that claims to cover 1000 km with a single charge.
Built by Ahmedabad based Golden Arrow Wireless Pvt Ltd, the car was showcased alongside the big automotive brands like Rolls Royce, BMW, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and much more, but still managed to steal all the attention of the show. The car is yet to be approved by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), before it goes on sale, but the makers claim that they have received a tremendous response and bookings for the same.
The car will come with three different batteries - “The lead acid batteries that weigh about 300 kilograms (120 volt) can take about eight hours for a single recharge, the lithium ion weighing about 120 kgs takes about two hours and 20 kilogram supercapacitors can do the job in five minutes. These cars could cost anywhere between Rs15-25 lakh,” said Sashi Vyas, the developer of the car.
Mr. Vyas claims that he is an aerospace engineer and has built this car at the company’s facility at Aslali in Ahmedabad. “There are three different versions of this car which can attain a maximum of 150 kilometers per hour. The ones that run on the conventional lead acid batteries, lithium ion batteries and the third one on super capacitors. Our car can clock 1000 kilometers in a single charge,” said Vyas.
Vyas says that he has received a funding of Rs 500 crore for the project, out of which Rs 100 crore have been utilized for the development of the car. The company will require additional Rs 2500 crore to set up a manufacturing facility, which they are in talks with the Madhya Pradesh government and entered into an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to set up a plant to manufacture these electric sports car.
“We have been allocated 100 acres of land for this purpose. However, we are looking to set up a similar plant in Gujarat as well, because this is where we are based. We are looking to raise the funds for our project through venture capitalists,” Vyas told to the media. But the company is yet to acquire a confirmation from the ARAI, without which, they can't sell the cars.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI, who was present at the event has confirmed that her ARAI is in the process of evaluating the prototype, "we are yet to give any clearance as we do not have any set rules for sports cars in our country and electric sports cars will require a totally different set of rules.”
We can't stop imagining early age Lamborghinis after looking after the car, but the project is really appreciable. If something of this sort gets a nod from ARAI, it will be the second electric production car from India, after Bangalore based Maini industries started making REVA a decade ago, and now owned by Mahindra and Mahindra.