Projects, a pioneer in retrofitting ICE vehicles, incubated in the Innovation
Labs of IITs, has converted a Mercedes-Benz C-180 ( C-Class). The achievement
is in sync with the brand's long-term vision that retrofitting is the key to
the future of mobility.
revamped EV was a petrol variant car manufactured in 2003 and now comes
equipped with new-age mobility features such as GPS, Geo-fencing, and remote
performance assessment. It also offers a warranty of three years on batteries
and two years on the EV kit.
the car supports AC charging as of now, there is also a provision of DC
charging if the requirement arises. It takes 5-6 hours to charge, depending on
the power of the batteries. The car can now run at a maximum speed of up to 90
kmph and cover a range of 150 kms on one charge. The speed and range of the EV
can be pushed further to beyond 150 kmph and 250 kms, respectively, as per the
accomplishing the feat of retrofitting the premium car, Jawaad Khan,
Founder-Tadpole Projects explained, “The latest initiative underlines our
commitment to accelerating the national vision of propelling electric mobility
adoption in India. Tadpole Projects follows a standard retrofitting process. It
includes research on the vehicle and other elements like the dynamics,
structure, wheel assembly, and transmission, among other things. Our in-house
team then connects this research with the client's requirements in terms of
range and speed and accordingly designs the motors and rechargeable energy
storage systems. The R&D and advanced testing of vehicles are supported by
leading institutions like IIT Delhi, FITT, and the Centre of Automotive
Research and Tribology (CART).”
Projects also has a subsidiary brand called Trouve Motors, under which it plans
to launch a range of new EVs: an advanced hyper sports bike and the first
electric car, Sports Activity Coupe, that will come with a solar panel roof.
Moreover, its offerings are not only limited to cars and bikes. It has also
undertaken retrofitting of other vehicles like buses, cranes, earth-moving and
other construction equipment.
Projects made its mark in the history of India's automobile sector by flag
bearing the first ICE Vintage car conversion to EV – Volkswagen Beetle. It is
also the first in the country to retrofit premium luxury segment cars to EVs.
The brand aspires to expand its network across India through franchises and
retrofit ICE vehicles in the most economical way possible. It looks forward to
establishing a battery swapping network to lower the cost of ownership of its
kits for the commercial segment and private vehicle owners in the coming years.
in August 2020, Tadpole Projects is the pioneer in retrofitting ICE cars and
aims to address issues around fossil-fuel-based vehicles, scrapping policy, and
expensive vehicles by retrofitting, thus making renewable mobility accessible
to everyone. Headquartered in Delhi, Tadpole Projects performs R&D and
advanced testing of vehicles incubated under IIT Delhi.
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