There have been people who converted gasoline or diesel cars into electric vehicles. But this may be the first time anyone has converted an electric car into a solar car. Shrikant Patra, a car driver from Odisha, recently converted his electric tricycle into a solar car. The reasons for this will concern EV advocates. Patra said the low battery and charging issues prompted him to take the plunge.
Patra uses YouTube videos to learn how to convert an electric car into a solar car. The 35-year-old auto driver, who lives in Nayagarh district near Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, used to own a diesel rickshaw. Shrikant Patra said in an interview with ANI news agency: “I have been driving an auto rickshaw for the past 15 years. Before, I paid huge expenses and just made money. $300-400 after refueling every day with a diesel engine. “
Patra said high fuel costs forced him to sell the diesel model. He bought an electric tricycle thinking it would save money. However, this is also a test. He said: “About a year and a half ago I bought an electric auto rickshaw and drove it around the city, but the low battery and charging issues became a bigger problem every day and it took a toll on my service, Unable to drive a car on the road during the day.”
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Patra’s daughter, who is in the sixth class, suggested that he refer to YouTube videos to convert electric cars into solar cars. Patra said, “I appreciate her idea of turning an electric rickshaw into a solar car. Now, I no longer face refueling, low battery or charging problems. Even, this rickshaw is non-polluting and keeps our environment green.” and clean.”
The solar-powered auto-rickshaw made by Shrikant Patra can travel 140 kilometers on a single charge.Patra says his income has now risen to $1300-1500 per day, which helps him support his family. Due to financial problems, Patra dropped out of school after eighth class.
First published date: Jul 19, 2023 09:48 AM EST