Indian Army Got Maruti Gypsies Converted into Electric Vehicles
The Indian Army has set a remarkable example of innovation and collaboration by showcasing retrofitted electric Gypsies at the Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi. In a joint effort between the Indian Army Cell, IIT-Delhi, and Tadpole Projects, 10 Maruti Gypsies were converted into electric vehicles using modern technology. The conference serves as an institutional platform for high-level discussions and policy decisions for the Indian Army, and this year’s event is being conducted in a hybrid format using technology for secure communication.
Benefits of Retrofitted Electric Vehicles for the Army
The retrofitted electric Gypsies have replaced obsolete vehicles and reduced the cost of travel from INR 1,200 to INR 200 for a distance of 120 km. Furthermore, these electric vehicles produce zero emissions, while their petrol variant was emitting 3.3g of carbon per km. Additionally, retro-modified gypsies offer a noise-free driving experience, faster acceleration, and higher torque. These features will improve the driving experience for the army personnel and benefit the environment by reducing pollution.
Specifications of Retrofitted Electric Gypsies
The retrofitted electric Gypsies use a 21.7 KW (72V, 300 Ah) battery and offer a range of 120 km with a charging time of 9 hours using a 15 Amp charger. The vehicles have a top speed of 70 km/hr and cost INR 5,78,200/- per vehicle. Tadpole Projects offers a two-year warranty on the motor and a five-year or three-year warranty on the battery, which is extendable up to 5-7 years.
|21.7 KW (72V, 300 Ah)
|9 hours using a 15 Amp charger
|(80% charge in 54 mins)
|INR 5,78,200 per vehicle
|2 years on motor, 5-7 years on
The Conversion Process
Tadpole Projects, a startup incubated under the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi, specializes in electric vehicle retrofitting. For the retrofitted electric Gypsies showcased by the Indian Army at the Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi, Tadpole Projects removed the internal combustion engines, fuel tanks, exhaust systems, and related components.
The retrofitting process involved the installation of Permanent Magnetic Synchronous (PMS) motors and Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries. The PMS motors are highly efficient and offer high torque and faster acceleration, resulting in a noise-free driving experience. On the other hand, LFP batteries are lightweight, have a long lifespan, and are relatively safe compared to other types of batteries.
This retrofitting process not only makes the vehicles more efficient but also extends their useful lifespan by seven years, which otherwise would have been scrapped and rendered obsolete. The retrofitting of the Gypsies into electric vehicles saves them from becoming e-waste and contributes to the sustainability of the environment
Collaboration Between Different Sectors
The successful collaboration between the Indian Army, IIT-Delhi, and Tadpole Projects sets a precedent for future collaborations and advancements in sustainable transportation. This campaign is a boost to the “Go Green” initiative of the Government of India, and it highlights the potential for innovative solutions to emerge when different sectors come together. The Indian government is also taking significant steps to promote the use of electric vehicles, such as the announcement by the UP CM to convert all government vehicles into EVs by 2030.
The Indian Army has set an excellent example of adopting sustainable technologies and collaborating with startups to drive innovation. The retrofitted electric Gypsies will benefit the army personnel and the environment by reducing pollution and offering a noise-free driving experience. This initiative will inspire other organizations to take steps towards adopting sustainable technologies, and it is a significant boost to the future of electric vehicles in India.