The faculty and 18 students of the College of Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTU-H) have designed and developed an e-bike. The bike can be unlocked using fingerprints and the maximum speed can go up to 80 kmph. This is much higher than most existing e-bikes in the market which offer 25 kmph to 50 kmph speed. It also has a mileage of 100 km with a full charge that is achieved in four and half hours.
The bike is fitted with re-chargeable Lithium-Ion batteries and a BLDC Motor.
Dr K Vijaya Kumar Reddy, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University College of Engineering, JNTU-H said, “Entire design has been done by the faculty and students of mechanical and engineering departments. The vehicle is made with lightweight material and comes with a good suspension system. In fact, the rider will not feel any vibration. It takes about four-an-a-half hours to complete charging and the vehicle can go up to 100 km besides achieving maximum speed of 80 kmph.”
The team is hopeful of the e-bike’s commercial viability and hopefully the manufacturing price would be around Rs 1 lakh. “The team is working on further improving the e-bike like reducing re-charging time and increasing the mileage for commercial viability. Nowadays, people are looking for the speed of the vehicle, therefore we have plans to increase the speed to 120 kmph,” added Reddy.