Last week we got an email from Kavin Pandya, who is part of Team Kaizen India, a passionate team of students from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, based in Gandhinagar, India. Kavin and his team of 25 students all come from different disciplines like mechanical-, electrical-, and industrial engineering. Together they’re working towards their dream of building an energy efficient battery electric vehicle, which they see as a solution to the problem of energy resource depletion and thus, protecting the environment.
They’ve been working towards this goal since the past three years and have built multiple three-wheeled prototype vehicles and entered in the competition Shell Eco Marathon Asia (SEMA) as a way to benchmark their breakthroughs. Already, they’ve achieved an efficiency of 81 km/kWh with our most recent vehicle, the Teevra, in 2017 and secured the 16th rank in Asia and 2nd in India. Now, their aim to build a road rules compliant four wheeler car.
Next year, Team Kaizen will be participating in the “Urban Concept” category for which they will build a road safe, four wheeler electric car.
The Shell Eco Marathon is a competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy efficient car. The competition is split into two classes- Prototype and Urban Concept. Prototype focuses on maximum efficiency, and Urban encourages more practical designs. Over several days, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one liter of fuel.
The team calculated all the aspects that are required to increase the efficiency, and right now the highest efficiency their car can achieve is about 97.62 km/kWh, which will put them among the best in the competition of SEMA 2018. It will also make them the pioneers in developing energy efficient cars in India.
Right now they have their designs ready and are moving towards the manufacturing phase. What’s even more exciting is that the team will start using Wevolver to collaborate with their team, and over the course of the year, they’ll make the documentation public so that anyone can use their knowledge of electric vehicles.
*Team Kaizen are still looking for sponsors for their 2018 vehicle. If you’re interested you can read more how to get involved here.