Kinetic Green announces its first electric three-wheeler with Lithium Ion Battery
By Jayashree Bhosale, April 27, 2017, India Times
PUNE: Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Limited (KGEPSL), a venture of auto major, Firodia group announced a launch of its first electric three-wheeler with the advanced Lithium-Ion Battery.
The company claimed that this technology will have a revolutionary impact on green mobility for masses in the country.
A release from Kinetic Green stated that currently most of the manufacturers of electric three wheelers such as e Rickshaws are using a lead-acid battery, which has issues of short life duration, a long charging time of 10 hours, and excess weight. Lead acid batteries typically have to be replaced every year and weigh approximately 120 Kg for an e Rickshaw application.
Kinetic Green, India’s largest manufacturers of Government approved electric three-wheeler vehicles, along with its energy partners have successfully developed and tested Lithium Ion Batteries for application in their e-vehicles, informed the company through a release. The company claims that use of lithium-ion batteries will have many benefits including, high Energy Density leading to low weight thereby operates for more kilometres between charges. For example, 48 V-80 Ah lead acid battery weighs 120 Kg, same capacity Li-Ion Battery weighs only 35 Kgs, fast Charging due to high charge acceptance. Lead acid charging time is 8-10 hours or more, but same capacity Li -Ion can be charged in only 1.5-3 hours. Long Life Unlike lead acid where life is typically 360 cycles, Li-Ion cells have the life of 1500 cycles (NMC) & 3000 Cycles (LeFePo4) i.e., a life up to 5 years. Low Self-discharge if the vehicle is not used for some time its charge status remain same.
Low maintenance Li-Ion Cell unlike lead acid or Ni-cad do not require maintenance to ensure their performance. “Kinetic Green’s e-Three Wheeler ‘Kinetic Safar’ is a sincere effort to provide pollution free green mode of safe transportation in the country. Safar is well engineered with a strong chassis and all steel body and has been approved by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to meet all government safety norms as per Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR). With introduction Of Lithium Ion Battery technology, we are bringing the latest in technology to our users and ensuring long battery life up to five years, lower maintenance and higher earning ability for the drivers”; said Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Founder & CEO of Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions while announcing the introduction of Lithium-Ion battery in the e-three wheeler category.
The vehicle with this new battery is currently under homologation and will be launched on a pilot basis within 30 days. The company will provide the entire kit including Battery, BMS (battery management system) and charger` to its customers.
The cost of the Lithium-ion battery solution will be higher than the cost of the Lead-acid version by approximately Rs. 55,000 to Rs. 60,000 but the same can be offset by the longer battery life (no need of replacement), the higher confidence of the financiers who are willing to provide more attractive financing schemes to promote the new technology, service back up and conveniences like fast charging. The company is also keen to explore models such as battery rental, battery swapping and the creation of charging points to further help penetration of this technology, along with its partners and support of the Government.