The astronomical fuel prices are forcing people to come up with innovative solutions for alternative powertrain options.
In case you were wondering, these are the top 5 electric car conversion kits available in India at the moment. The aftermarket players are developing innovative technologies to convert the existing cars into EVs with minimum investment. The initial prices of the EVs are extremely unaffordable at the moment which is resulting in people being discouraged to buy them. The lack of charring infrastructure is another major cause of worry. But these aftermarket solutions are relatively affordable.
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Electric Car Conversion Kits
Bosch eAxle Kit
One of the biggest automobile electronics manufacturers in the world, Bosch, has developed an electric car conversion kit that has an efficiency of 96% using silicon carbide semiconductors. The conversion kit supports power output between 50-300 kW and a torque output of 1000-5000 Nm at the driveshaft. The motor is compatible with the architecture of ups 800 V and weighs approx. 90 kg. Bosch is planning to partner with the OEMs to offer this kit which is why the prices are yet undisclosed.
|Scalable Power||50 – 300 kW|
|Scalable Torque||1000 – 5000 Nm at the driveshaft|
|Architecture Supported||up to 800 V|
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This next EV conversion kit is ARAI-certified (Automotive Research Association of India) for popular cars like Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Swift, Dzire, Hyundai Accent, Verna, Honda Amaze, City and Civic. This kit will set you back by Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
|Top Speed||80 km/h|
|Motor||15 kW 3 phase AC motor|
|Charger||AC onboard 3.3 kW charger|
|Battery Type||LiFePO4 with smart BMS (Battery Management System)|
|Battery Capacity||17.8 kWh|
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Established in 2016, E-Trio has received approval from ARAI for its efforts to convert the existing petrol/diesel vehicles into EVs. The firm specialises in converting the Maruti Alto, WagonR and Dzire using EV-150 and EV-180 kits. It claims that these cars could be converted in a mere 48 hours using the EV-180 kit which is quite impressive. The starting price of this kit is Rs 4 lakh. The 150 and 180 denote the range of the electric powertrain in km.
|Conversion Kits||EV-150 & EV-180|
|Range||180 km & 180 km|
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This Hyderabad-based company was also established in 2016 and specialises in retrofitting hatchbacks and sedans with electric powertrains. Bharat Kits boasts ARAI and ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology) certifications for Maruti Alto, WagonR and Dzire. You could get one of the Bharat electric car conversion kits for around Rs 5 lakh.
|Top Speed||80 km/h|
|Charging Time||4-5 hours|
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Rexnamo Electro-Electric Car Conversion Kit
This Ghaziabad-based company has been retrofitting and converting old cars for over 10 years now. Depending on your requirements, the conversion kits could cost between Rs 2.40 lakh and Rs 5.70 lakh, ex-showroom. It also restores and converts vintage cars like Lancer, Contessa, old VWs, BMWs, Porsches and Honda City.
|Top Speed||88 km/h|
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For the conversion kits that are compatible with cars like the Maruti Swift and Tata Indica, the cost could be around Rs 8.57 lakh. The aforementioned vintage cars can be fully electrified at Rs 32.80 lakh using the latest Li-Ion batteries.