India : Nagpur boy builds eco-friendly electric car using scrap

Studying at an air rifle shooting course in Pune, Talmale has no background in automobile engineering or any related field. He made the eco-friendly car out of sheer interest and diligence. Using the pocket money of Rs50,000 that he had saved over the years, Talmale made an electric car and even drove it to Amravati and back.

NAGPUR: What can one create using a broken plastic drum, a couple of buckets, and a few pieces of scrap iron rods and pipes, all of which were thrown out as garbage? In the case of 19-year-old Onkar Talmale, it is a car.

Studying at an air rifle shooting course in Pune, Talmale has no background in automobile engineering or any related field. He made the eco-friendly car out of sheer interest and diligence. Using the pocket money of Rs50,000 that he had saved over the years, Talmale made an electric car and even drove it to Amravati and back.

This is not the first time that he has made something out of waste. At 14, he had created a mobile charger using a bicycle.

Talmale is a resident of Dattawadi and studied at Dharampeth High School.His father runs a small stationary shop. “I have wanted a vehicle. For the last two years, I have been saving pocket money as I wanted to invest it in something that I would create on my own. Eventually I got the idea of developing this car,” said Talmale.

He has named this car, which took him about a month to develop, ‘Hirkani’. It can seat two persons. In the creation of his ‘Hirkani’, Talmale has used a 200 litre broken water drum lying waste at his home as the bonnet. Two old buckets have been used to make the seats.

The two seats, covered with lids, also double up as storage for a journey. The chassis has been made out of scrap iron rods and pipes.

“Its maximum speed limit is 50km/hour. It takes two units of electricity to charge it completely. It has enough battery backup to run for about four hours in one go,” Talmale said. The car has two front and two rear lights, and is 10 foot long. It weighs around 200kg.

About two months back Talmale made a trip to Amravati and back. “We covered the 150km distance in about 4 hours and 20 minutes. We took a break of 20 minutes during the drive. The journey was completed as we had planned, the car ride was smooth, and it required no charging in between,” he added proudly.

 

Source : http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/nagpur-boy-builds-eco-friendly-electric-car-using-scrap/60152155

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