NMAMIT Team Transforms ICE Vehicle to Electric Vehicle

A team from the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at the NMAMIT has transformed an ICE vehicle into an energy efficient Electric Vehicle.

NMAMIT ICE to Electric Vehicle

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A team of students and teachers of the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at the NMAM Institute of Technology (NMAMIT) in Karnataka have transformed a petrol-based internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle into a pollution-free, energy efficient & eco-friendly Electric Vehicle.

The power electronic converters designed and developed by the team successfully drive the electric motor and charge the battery array of the vehicle.

NMAMIT principal Niranjan N Chiplunkar launched the electric car at the campus recently and appreciated the efforts of the team.

Project Mentor, Dr. Suryanarayana K, Professor, Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering explained that a microcontroller unit designed and developed in the research and innovation centre of the institute controls the electric vehicle with Semikron power electronic stack, an array of 25 batteries of 12V, 45Ah each, and a three-phase 7.5HP induction motor.

The team has not only developed a microcontroller system with algorithms and required controls, but also has designed a battery charging circuitry. Consistent endeavours of the team for about nine months in converting the engineering theory into practice resulted in the successful execution of the electric vehicle with a peak speed of 50 kph and estimated the distance of 80 kms with the batteries fully charged.

In the other part of the country, the Delhi government last week launched its new electric vehicle policy aimed at curbing pollution in the national capital, amongst the world’s most polluted cities, and also to create jobs and boost the local economy.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that under the new policy, the government will waive registration fee, road tax, and provide an incentive of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for new electric cars and up to Rs 30,000 for e-rickshaws, electric two-wheelers, autos and freight vehicles. Most importantly, the state government incentives will be over and above the central government’s FAME II scheme, he said.

The policy also has a scrapping incentive, a first in the country, for buying new electric vehicles where buyers can turn in their old petrol or diesel-run vehicles for a new electric vehicle. Incentives were also announced for commercial users who will get cheaper loans. The government will also install 200 new charging stations across the city and will also set up a dedicated EV cell to implement the new policy, Kejriwal said.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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