Ambassador is one of the vintage cars of India and it is often proudly called “The King Of Indian Roads”. Yet, this maestro one is no longer available now in the automobile industry and only a few people own this as their ancestor’s property. Imagine if this legendary car comes into the market once again? Unbelievable right!! Yeah! Ambassador is back with a bang with its electric version.
Who Developed This?
Ambassador’s electric variant was developed by a team of young people from Angamaly, Kerala. The car was named He-Man Electric Ambassador and the research took place at the He-Man Auto Robo Park, Mookkannoor. It has to be noted that the car is under trial. The start was made by the youngsters, initially by removing the parts of an old ambassador car.
The team who made this ambassador electric has not yet got approval from the higher authorities to ride on the roads. And so, they are restricted to drive and test this vehicle only on their premises. As the team of He-Man Group of Companies entered into this electric field just 2 months before, they consider this vehicle only as their pilot project. The main motto of the team is to bring a revolutionary change in the field of the electric industry. Rather than converting old petrol/ diesel vehicles to electric vehicles, the company is aiming to produce cost-efficient electric vehicles in the EV Industry.
They replaced the parts of an old ambassador car with lead-acid batteries and they were placed in the empty areas inside the car- like the bonnet and even in the boot. Altogether, 22 batteries were mounted inside the car, which sums up to 20 kWh. This provides a maximum power of 53 bhp and a peak torque of 275 Nm at 1500 rpm. The higher torque of the car makes it easy for a quick pickup. There is one more unbelievable thing in this car. We very well now that the top speed of the old petrol variant of the ambassador car is around 100 kmph. Yet, this electric variant, made it a successful 120 kmph as the top speed of the car.
The young gang bought the old ambassador for around Rs.30,000 and the rest of the accessories like the batteries, motor, and the controller took around Rs.6 Lakhs for them.
Each kWh battery gives a range of 5 kms. As there are 22 batteries in them, the expected range/ mileage of the electric ambassador is 100 kms. The developers say that, the cost of one kilometer will be just one rupee.
The battery takes about 8 hours to get charged 100%. This longer time is just because they had implemented lead-acid batteries in them. The team conveys that when the lithium-ion batteries become more simple and accessible, they will switch to them, which will help in increasing the range, reducing the charging time as well as the weight of the car.
Additional Features Of The Car:
- The team did not stop up to that; they also mounted solar panels on the top of that old ambassador. Though it gave a bad look, it was working fine, said the team.
- The electric ambassador has an info screen designed by the team itself. Much more information like the vehicle’s range, battery status, etc., are displayed on the screen.
- Like the new-generation electric cars, Regenerative Braking System had also been incorporated in this Electric Ambassador. This helps the battery to get recharged every once in a while the brake is applied. This can also be viewed in the info screen as a graphical representation.
The Team’s Vision About Future EVs:
We know very well that a diesel bus consumes around Rs.20 for a kilometer and also it has to be noted that this estimated amount is apart from its maintenance and services. If these buses run on electric, then the cost would be reduced up to Rs.5 for a kilometer. Moreover, the researchers are also planning to mount solar panels on the top of the vehicles, which would further cut down the previously mentioned cost. Also, if such vehicles are bought, there are more chances of getting huge subsidies too. Such vehicles with zero emissions can be brought to the Indian world, with newly reinvented technology, and with attractive subsidies. These offers would surely turn the focus of the people to electric vehicles.