Audi to partner with Nunam to make electric rickshaws in India from old EV batteries

More emphasis is now being laid on the manufacture and use of vehicles that reduce dependence on natural fuels such as petrol and diesel. The reason for reducing dependence on these fuels is first of all to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere, because gradually it is now proving harmful. Electric automaker Audi has partnered with Nunam to convert Indian rickshaws into electric vehicles using old batteries if it wants to reduce pollution in the world. German-Indian startup Nunam will provide technology to build electric rickshaws and charging infrastructure. Nunam says that the rickshaw’s option for this program is to optimize the end-of-life EV battery.

In the Audi-Nunam partnership, Nunam will use EV batteries used by Audi to convert rickshaws into electric-powered vehicles. Nunam will also provide greener charging stations for the new e-rickshaws across India. The Audi-Nunam e-rickshaw concept will be showcased at the 2022 Greentech Festival in Berlin, Germany.

Nunam’s co-founder Pradeep Chatterjee said that EV batteries are especially important for rickshaws. Rickshaws are clearly used for intra-city and rural transport. It is not very heavy and requires minimum power. Power, range and weight requirements are first for the Nunam. The company also targets women in the new e-rickshaw distribution in India. Nunam’s initiative is largely eco-friendly. The not-for-profit startup will use solar panels to generate power in its charging stations. Energy will be stored in Audi’s battery.

This new green initiative can make the necessary impact in India. Autorickshaws are a major contributor to carbon emissions in the country. Therefore, providing an emission free option for them through e-rickshaw will be very effective. Audi’s Rudiger Recknagel said Nunam is sharing its insights to advance the cleaner vision for EV batteries globally. There is no information yet on when the e-rickshaw concept will go into production.<!–

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