At a time when skyrocketing rise in prices of fuel has given ample reasons to everyone to scratch their heads, a post-graduation student in Ganjam district has come up with an innovative electric bike to escape the financial stress due to the price hike.
Akshay Dash of Ramachandrapur near Berhampur in Ganjam district had learnt the technique from YouTube and applied it on his own bycycle on a trial basis before developing the e-bike.
“After successfully running the cycle with battery, I converted a scooty of my friend into an electric vehicle. Later, I fitted battery-run motor in my own ‘Pulsar’ bike,” he said.
To turn his old Pulsar bike into an electric vehicle, he replaced the engine and silencer with lid acid battery motor. The rechargeable vehicle has a unique feature of reverse gear unlike petrol-run bikes.
The innovator has spent around Rs 35,000 to develop the new design bike that can run upto 60-70 km with one-time charging.
“I have an aim of developing inverter-connecting e-bike. I can also make electric wheel chairs for Divyangs,” he said.
A post-graduate student in Commerce, Akshay has a passion for experimentation in electronic appliances. The tools and materials he used in his innovation have been procured from different engineering and mechanical outlets from outside the State.
After coming to know about his success, people from nearby villages have also placed orders for making their fuel-run two-wheelers into rechargeable electronic vehicles.
Arun Rout, a resident of Berhampur said “I also placed an order for an e-bike. It is cost-effective and comfortable also.”
Santosh Kumar, a fellow villager of Akshay said “He has developed my bike into an electronic vehicle. I can travel up to 60 km with 3 hours of charging which costs me only Rs 3. So, why should I spend Rs 100 for a litre of petrol to cover the same distance?”