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Kerala man builds electric car with 60km range

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Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and we have mentioned this many times on our websites in the past. There are manufacturers like Tata, MG that make electric cars and several two-wheeler manufacturers have also entered this space. We’ve seen several videos online where people come up with ideas for building electric vehicles and miniature working models of original cars. Here we have one such video, where a 67-year-old man from Kerala built an electric car for his daily commute.

The video was uploaded by Village Varta on their YouTube channel. The video is about Antony John, 67, from Kollam district in Kerala, who built himself an electric car. Antony John is a career consultant and has an office about 30 km from his home. He used an electric scooter for his trips. As Antony got older, he wanted a vehicle that would give him a comfortable ride and also keep him out of the rain and heat. He wanted an electric vehicle but, at the time, there were no options available to him on the market.

He started thinking about building an electric car himself in 2018. He did his research on the design and other electric aspects of the car. To build the car body, he approached a garage that has experience in building bus bodies. Antony gave them a drawing of a car he found online and the garage built the body accordingly. It is a very small car that can accommodate two adults. It has a seat in the back but it’s enough for kids only. Antony mentions that he had the body built in a workshop but that the electrical part of the car was entirely made by him.

He sourced the batteries, motor and wiring from a supplier in Delhi. He started working on the car in 2018 and due to the pandemic, work was delayed. Since Antony has no experience building an electric vehicle, mistakes were made and it took him longer to complete the project. He miscalculated the battery power and the car did not offer him the desired range at first. Once the blockages and restrictions were lifted, he contacted the seller again and he suggested a larger capacity battery for the car.

How is that legal though?

It is an electric vehicle with a very low power rating. In addition, its maximum speed is less than 25 km/h. These electric vehicles do not have license plates in India. But, the driver must have a valid driver’s license.

Antony mentioned that he spent about 4.5 lakh on this project and he is also working on another electric vehicle.

After installing the new battery, the electric car offered him a maximum range of 60 km. He is very proud of his creation and he uses the car daily to get to his office. He mentions that the electric car is only used by him and that he has a Maruti Alto when he wants to travel with his family. The exterior design is very basic and the interior also offers bench seats, steering, accelerator and brake pedal. It is a very small car and it can easily cross the streets where a normal car cannot go.