There is a big reason why we added the word modified in the headline. The Renault Kwid electric has already been launched in a few countries. However it is yet to make its way to the Indian market. This though hasn’t stopped us innovative Indians to make one ourselves..A bunch of kids from Kerala have converted an 800cc Renault Kwid to a hybrid vehicle. The Kwid here can run both on electricity as well as petrol. Not only this, on a standalone basis, the petrol engine has got a device fitted to it (patent pending) that reduces pollution by a whopping 60% whereas the efficiency goes up by 20%. So, what else does this new modified Renault Kwid electric bring to the table? Let’s delve deeper and see it for ourselves.
Modified Renault Kwid electric specs, range
The modified Renault Kwid electric was the brainchild of engineering college graduates. They had started work with the simplest of cars in the Indian history – the Maruti 800. This project received wide appreciation from the various expos they displayed the vehicle at. Seeing their success, a businessman, Iype Koshy came forward and helped them form a company called HyMotiv. China-sourced batteries have been used in this car whereas the electric motors have been imported from the US. The latter have been placed at the rear axle and make 34PS.
While this modified Renault Kwid electric is primarily front-wheel driven, the rear axle derives power from the electric motors. The engineers have also added rear discs for additional braking prowess. At present, this Kwid can run as a hybrid, pure electric as well as on petrol. The car starts in ICE mode but can be switched manually to electric or hybrid versions. Using a regular wall charger, the batteries can be charged in just five hours. In hybrid mode, the mileage is claimed as 48kmpl.
The vehicle doesn’t seem to be certified from the regional authorities and hence cannot ply on public roads. All-in-all, we like the concept or thought of the new-age engineers from India. The team intends to make an all-electric car locally. This means no Chinese components including batteries. That’s the thought we need to have if Make-in-India and AatmaNirbhar Bharat mojos have to succeed.