The Delhi-based startup has been founded by Prashanta, who is an inventor and has three published patents to his credit all related to electrical power generation. Before turning towards Physics which has been his passion and venturing into research which he has been involved in over the last 15 years he has been into hardcore sales for 20 years in various verticles including timeshare, space selling, outdoor, and tires. His passion for connecting with the reality on the ground got him thinking and he dug deep into the reason for the slow adoption of electric cycles in India and the world over. On probing further and doing a random sample survey, he concluded that the main reasons for his yawning chasm that exists despite the consciousness in people about adopting green technology were
(a ) Limited Range of the electric cycle, which varies from 25 km to 40 km.
(b) Restricted usage, since these E cycles are designed to be used only on smooth city roads and cannot be used to ride on hills or off-road.
(c ) These cycles are designed for use by one person and do not have pillion riders.
(d ) These cycles are priced exorbitantly in terms of the features they offer.
The genesis of the “Voltron E-bike” was to develop a vehicle which was a crossover between an electric cycle and a scooter so that it could meet the requirements and needs of a consumer and to overcome the main reasons which hinder the adoption of electric cycles and thus give an impetus to the adoption of these green vehicles for it is the need of the hour.
The name Voltron was chosen since it is a portmanteau word derived from the words Voltage and Electron which is the backbone of electrical energy. The Voltron electric cycle travels a mid-blowing 100 km on a single charge, allows for pillion riding, can climb hills, and flyover purely on the throttle mode without pedaling; it is suitable for riding off the road and on city roads. And to top it all up, it has the shortest charging time of 3 hrs.
About the Voltron E Cycle
Voltron Electric cycle is India’s first electric cycle with a mid-drive motor. It has a sturdy frame which, disc brakes in front and rear, has a telescopic front suspension with 100 mm travel, a 24-volt 250-watt motor, and a powerful 24 volts 30 Ah battery. It has been equipped with an auto brake cut-off, which cuts off the motor on applying the brakes for the rider’s safety and ensuring the brakes’ safety. It has an in-build reverse beep in the battery level indicator, indicating that the cycle can travel a distance of 10 -15 km on purely the throttle mode. It has an inbuilt hazard light and brake light to ensure the rider’s safety while riding, even at night. With a maximum speed of 25 km/hr, it does not require a license or registration and is suitable for children and adults. It has been fitted with a tire of 3 inches on the rear to ensure adequate grip is imparted to the cycle.
Multi Utility Cycle
The idea was to make it suitable for kids to use it for going to school or for parents to pick and drop kids from school. To make it ideal for home deliveries of grocery and food items. To make it suitable for use in villages for commuting to nearby cities and villages. To make it suitable for people in sales and field jobs and commuting to the office and back.
The obvious advantage is that it drastically cuts down on pollution. It consumes about 700 watts of power to charge up compared to using about 3 liters of petrol to travel 100 km by scooter or motorcycle. Besides, it amounts to a massive saving of close to INR 236 per 100 kilometers since the cost of traveling 100 km by scooter or motorcycle works out to about INR 240/- compared to INR 4/- for the Voltron electric cycle.
The Voltron Electric cycle is offered @ an introductory price of INR 35,000/-, compared to other brands available in the price range of INR 34,000 to 95,000 having a range of 25 km to 45 km.
The Vision of “Voltron E-bike” was to develop a vehicle which was a crossover between an electric cycle and a scooter so that it could meet the requirements and needs of a consumer and to overcome the main reasons which hinder the adoption of electric cycles and thus give an impetus to the adoption of these green vehicles for it is the need of the hour.
To know more about the product and to order, visit www.voltron.in.net to watch live videos visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyQJ0-qsWfEV9x0K3zVB_dw.