combat increasing vehicle population the Bharat Heavy Electricals
Ltd. has developed ELECTRAVAN, is a smokeless, noiseless, oil
free battery powered vehicle. It is run by an electric motor powered
by a pack of rechargeable tract ion batteries positioned in the
vehicle itself. The power transmission takes place through conventional
gearbox and differential. The speed is controlled by an electronic
chopper controller and by changing the gears. In all other respect
such as steering, braking, gear box and clutch arrangements, etc.
Electravans are similar to conventional diesel or petrol vehicles.
Optional battery withdrawal arrangement is provided with facilities
for removal of discharged batteries and fitting of charged ones
within few minutes at the battery charging stations. In view of
the advantages of Electravans to fight the menace of air pollution
in urban and industrial areas, the Ministry of Non-Conventional
Energy Sources (MNES), Government of India gives cash subsidy
to the buyers.
Battery operated rickshaws are also being used on experimental
basis, to demonstrate and promote efficient, pollution-free, and
drudgery-free means of livelihood for poor people, who are working
as daily wage earning Rickshaw pullers, by replacing the existing
manual operated rickshaws in urban and semi-urban for short and
medium distance means of conveyance.
from highly discomforting noise and vibrations that are so common
in diesel vehicles.
savings of petrol or diesel.
vehicle to keep environment clean.
suited as public transport in congested areas, hospitals, factories,
airport, schools and places
of historic importance.
- No engine
related maintenance expenses and much lesser maintenance OPI chassis
due to absence of vibrations.
Intra – City
Tourist resorts, bird
sanctuaries, zoological parks.
Airport shuttle service
townships / satellite colonies.
Milk delivery / grocery
Golf clubs, schools,
colleges / institutes welfare centers.
Courier service and
mobile kitchen services.