Electric cars are the future of mobility and we have mentioned this many times on our websites in the past. There are manufacturers like Tata, MG who make electric cars and several two wheeler manufacturers have also entered this place. We’ve seen a number of videos online where people come up with the idea of creating miniature work models of electric vehicles and real cars. Here we have a video of a 67 year old man from Kerala building an electric car for his daily commute.
The video was uploaded by Gram Worth on their YouTube channel. The video is of Anthony John, 67, of Kollam district in Kerala, who built an electric car for himself. Anthony John is a career consultant and has an office about 30 kilometers from his home. He was using an electric scooter for his travels. As Anthony got older, he wanted a car that would offer him a comfortable ride and also keep him away from rain and heat. He wanted an electric car, but he had no choice in the market.
He started thinking of building an electric car himself in 2018 He did his research on car design and other electrical aspects To make the body of the car, he approached a garage who has experience in making the body for the bus. Anthony gives them a car design that he finds online and the garage builds the body accordingly. It is a very small car that can accommodate two adults. It has back seats but it is only for children. Anthony mentions that he made the body from a workshop but the electrical part of the car was made by him.
He collected batteries, motors and wiring from a dealer in Delhi. He started work on the car in 2018 and the work was delayed due to the epidemic. Since Anthony doesn’t have the experience to make an EV, it was a mistake and it means he took more time to finish the project. He has miscalculated the battery power and the car is not offering him the desired driving range at first. Once the lockdown and restrictions were lifted, he contacted the dealer again and he suggested a larger capacity battery for the car.
How legal is it though?
It’s an EV with a power rating that’s really low Also, it has a maximum speed which is less than 25 km per hour. There is no registration plate for such electric vehicles in India. However, the driver must have a valid driving license.
Anthony mentioned that he has spent about Rs 4.5 lakh on the project and is also working on another electric vehicle.
After installing the new battery, the electric car was offering him a maximum driving range of 60 kilometers. He is very proud of his creation and he uses the car every day to commute to his office. He mentioned that the electric car is only used by him and he has a Maruti Alto when he wants to travel with his family. The exterior design is very basic and the interior also includes bench seats, steering, accelerator and a brake pedal. It is a very small car and it can easily go on the road where a normal car cannot go.