IIT Hyderabad-incubated startup PuREenergy launches electric two-wheelers

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on April 29, 2019

Electric scooter Etrance developed by Pure EV

Co-locates facility in the campus, aims at 10,000 EVs this fiscal

PuREenergy, an Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad-incubated startup has launched its long-range, high-performance electric Pure EV two-wheelers designed for Indian conditions.

Launching four models-Egnite, Etrance, Epluto and Etron, the startup aims to deploy over 10,000 electric vehicles on road during 2019-20. It is developing a network of channel partners and plans to commercially launch across the country next month.

Pure EV is the electric vehicle vertical of PuREnergy, incubated by IIT Hyderabad. It manufactures high performance Lithium batteries. The company has developed a 18,000-sqft co-located facility with IIT Hyderabad for large scale production of electric vehicles and electric batteries.

PuREenergy founded in 2016 by Nishanth Dongari, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, is now led by Rohit Vadera, an alumnus of IIT Bombay.

The Pure EV batteries are designed to work under tough environmental conditions and are lighter and add to portability. They deliver high discharge currents for fast pickup

Nishanth Dongari said, “We have developed strong capabilities in the lithium battery pack assembly, active balancing management systems and rigorous testing standards for deployment in our electric two-wheelers. We are working in the Institute for further development of active thermal management systems, vehicle aerodynamics, and lighter weight faster chargers. This will enable us to launch high-speed electric vehicles in the future”.

“The company has extended collaboration with other EV startups to develop and supply high voltage lithium batteries for three and four-wheeler applications,” added Nishanth Dongari.

Pure EV has deployed hundreds of test samples across the country over last one year to various distributors, corporate firms and professional test riders.

Rohit Vadera, Chief Executive Officer, PURE EV, said, “We have obtained Automotive Research Association of India approvals for electric bikes and two-wheelers. The company has invested a significant amount of resources for on road testing the products for their market readiness. Our electric vehicles offer cost savings over traditional ICE vehicles with running costs as low as 5 paise/km. We are working actively for channel development and aim to deploy more than 10,000 units of our various models in the current financial year.”

V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, and U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, visited the manufacturing unit on Sunday (April 28) and interacted with the startup founders.

Published on April 29, 2019

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