Built by an Indian startup, Hymotiv, this is the highly fuel-efficient Renault Kwid Hybrid that can deliver up to 48 kmpl.
While electric vehicles are arguably considered the future of mobility, various carmakers have started jumping on this bandwagon, eyeing the great opportunities to stay ahead of the game. We already see Hyundai, Mahindra, Tata and MG making their presence in the EV market. Not just that, many startup companies have keen interests in the space and one such is an Indian startup company named Hymotiv. Here’s an electrified Renault Kwid that is pretty much better in terms of fuel efficiency. Check it out!
Uploaded by Baiju N Nairs on his social media channel, this video shows how the whole modified system of the Kwid performs. It is quite interesting that the Kwid featured in the video can run on both the petrol engine and electric motor. The biggest benefit of this system is that the driver doesn’t need to rely on the batteries range solely. In case the batteries are exhausted, the driver can switch to the petrol mode and drive the car as a regular model.
With both petrol and electric motors on tap, this Renault Kwid Hybrid can return a fuel efficiency figure of up to 48 kmpl. The electric motor is placed uniquely in the Kwid. In fact, there are two electric motors in the car and each is placed inside the rear wheel hub. The battery pack is even claimed to be water-resistant.
On the inside, the Kwid Hybrid has received a slightly-modified centre console that now houses a meter showing the level of battery charge. There’s a switch for the batteries placed on the dashboard along with a rotary knob to help the car drive forward and reverse.
This is not the first time we see such electrification made to a regular vehicle. In fact, some recently passed-out engineering students based in Kerala had worked on a Maruti 800 which was modified to become an electric vehicle during their time at school. They were even developing a driverless Maruti 800 as well.
As you may not notice, the EV startup space in India is getting more and more exciting. Pravaig Energy, an EV startup company based out in Bangalore has the ambition to become “Tesla of India”. This company is all set to unveil its first electric sports car named Pravaig Extinction Mk1. Other than that, another startup, Ather Energy is planning to introduce their futuristic electric scooters named Ather S345 and Ather S450. We are looking forward to a dynamic EVs space in years to come.