Here’s a video of Renault Kwid, which is powered with both electric and petrol motor. It is rated to offer a mileage of 48kmpl.
Electric cars are getting popular among buyers globally. Many carmakers have started focusing on this space. However, the electric cars offered in our market come with a long-range battery, but the charging infrastructure still remains a big issue in India. A new start-up in India has come up with a solution for this problem. They have customized the Renault Kwid in such a way that it works on both petrol and electric power plant.
This video has been uploaded by a YouTube channel named Baiju N Nair, and the mod job has been done by a start-up named- Hymotiv, which is started by a bunch of engineering students. Earlier, these students modified a Maruti 800 into an EV as part of their project during the course. Talking about the Renault Kwid, from the outside, no customizations have been made. Moreover, under the hood, the engine remains intact, and no modifications have been made to it. Hymotiv has installed a small device under the hood, which controls the emission levels. According to them, the Renault hatchback is now 60 per cent than before using the gasoline mill. Furthermore, this device has also enhanced the fuel-efficiency by 20 per cent. The electric motor is employed inside the rear wheels.
This is known as in-wheel motor technology and has been imported from America. As a part of the upgrade, all four wheels now get disc brakes. The electric power plant moves the rear wheels, while the regular 800cc petrol unit propels the front wheels. The electric Kwid can be driven for 150kms using the power from the electric motor. Once the battery charge is finished, the driver can switch to the petrol mill. If a driver wants to have a bit more fun, then a person can drive both a petrol engine and electric motor at the same time. The cabin of this Renault Kwid gets a manual gear shifter for the petrol unit and the regular AMT dial for the electric power plant.