Used Audi e-tron batteries to power electric rickshaws on Indian roads

German-Indian startup, Nunam, has announced that it will deploy batteries from test-fleet of Audi e-tron to power electric rickshaws in India. The program is aimed at checking the viability of used batteries for such purposes in the country.

By Anirudh Sunil Kumar | on June 16, 2022 Follow us on Autox Google News

Used EV batteries from Audi e-tron's test fleet will now power Nunam's first batch of electric rickshaws which will be a part of a program to test out the viability of used batteries.

Nunam, a German-Indian mobility startup, has announced that it will announce three electric rickshaws in India that will use batteries from the Audi e-Tron test fleet to power them. The project aims to find if high-voltage battery modules could be used beyond a car’s life cycle and be utilized for a second-life use. 

Apart from that, the project also claims to boost job opportunities for women in India by supplying e-rickshaws to them for the transportation of goods. Audi’s Environmental Foundation is funding the non-profit start-up with offices in Berlin and Bangalore. The start-up has created three prototypes in partnership with the Audi Neckarsulm training team, which benefits from the intensive intercultural exchange.

The first e-rickshaws powered by the second-life batteries are likely to hit the roads in their first trial project in 2023. The vehicles will be given to a non-profit organization that, women, in particular, will be able to use to transport their products to markets for sale. 

In a statement, Numan Cofounder Prodip Chatterjee said, “The old batteries are still extremely powerful. When used appropriately, second-life batteries can have a huge impact, helping people in challenging life situations earn an income and gain economic independence — everything in a sustainable way.”

Considering that rickshaws in our country do not travel fast or far, an electric motor with a high energy density batter would not be required. Most of the electric rickshaws that ply our roads are primarily powered by lead-acid batteries. 

Also, drivers charge their vehicles with public grid electricity which in our country is primarily coal-powered. For this Numan, will be using solar charging stations where solar panels will be installed on the roofs of their local partner’s establishments. 

Tags: Nunam Electric Vehicles Audi Audi e-tron

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