EKOVEHICLES proudly offers Cosmic electric two wheelers
on a commercial scale initiating the first step and
solution for eliminating air and noise pollution.
The Company's mission is to promote Environment Consciousness
and create a Pollution free atmosphere.
In the midst of attempting to Live Life in peace and harmony
and in tune with nature, we as a human society are facing
the wrath of nature by our ingenious creations of automotive
We are hypnotized to using for our work and play transportation
Systems or "Vahanas" engineered by the
Automobile Industry which are few spewing out various forms
of Internal Combustion Engines in aesthetic designs successfully
enveloping our atmosphere along with themselves, their and
our future generations of mankind into a "Perpetual
Our Society today are engulfed to the limits of saturation
with the "mask" of POLLUTION.
It is time to reckon with Noise and Air pollution immediately
and effectively and build a "kavach" of
some form and limit Ill Health of the Society in Body, Spirit
Transportation that we have created for ourselves powered
by means of fossil fuels around the world cannot be changed
overnight however the levels of Intoxication with Air and
Noise Pollution can be contained by the introduction and use
of Electric and Hybrid Powered Vehicles for Short distance
Transportation in our Cities, Towns and Villages.
We have but one option and no choice in the matter of delinking
our modes of transportation that generate contamination at
every level from production to application.
After 30 years of experimentation, examination, research and
experience in the field of developing alternate sources of
transportation worldwide I would like to simply state as follows
The Urban and Semi
- Urban Traffic Density with the noisy gas guzzling
beautifully designed aesthetic two, three and four wheelers
has practically destroyed any values of human life,
road sense or consideration for others.
We drive intoxicated on the road
with only one commitment and personal desire "let me
get to my destination I shall trample whomsoever that
does dare to come in my way".
The density of traffic and with
the limited speeds, roads seem to get smaller even as
they are physically enlarged along with the steady disappearance
of pedestrian ways ( foot paths ).
Electric Vehicles have today reached levels of technological
excellence and sophistication making them commercially viable.
With the present demand of transport needs of the common man
to get to work and back home and "eke his living"
Electric and Hybrid vehicles along with further improvement
in Public Transport systems must be implemented aggressively
along with Rapid Charging Stations being setup at proximate
locations to the convenience of the Electric Vehicle user.
EKOVEHICLES is proud to present the first of a series of Electric
Vehicles along with Rapid Charging Stations that the company
will setup beginning in Bangalore as the pilot City in India.
Eko - Cosmic vehicles have rear wheel hub motor which powers
the vehicle. This eliminates transmission losses providing efficiency
and energy savings. Absence of clutch, chain, gears and other
conventional mechanical parts leads to greatly reduced maintenance.
The gel - batteries are sealed and require zero maintenance.
Speed of 40 km / hr and a range of 50 km / charge are the performance
EKOVEHICLES plans to market 15,000 to 20,000 electric two
wheelers in Bangalore in 2005.
Eko - Cosmic will be offered at a affordable price of Rs.
25,000 plus taxes, insurance etc. Considering that this includes
the battery pack and charger, Eko - Cosmic is affordable by
the common man.
The "Rapid" Charger will recharge the two-wheeler battery
pack within 10 to 15 minutes and installed at all Dealer Outlets
and Authorized Booking Outlets.
The running cost for the Eko - Cosmic Battery Operated 2-wheeler
is under 35 paise per km, as against over a rupee for petrol
driven 2 - wheelers. This includes battery recharging, maintenance
and battery replacement cost once in 15,000 Kms. Also, electric
vehicles have fewer moving parts, which reduces, maintenance
EKOVEHICLES takes this opportunity to thank the Government
of Karanataka and the Transport Department of the Karanataka,
which has readily provided support for this project promoted
by Karanataka entrepreneurs. The vehicle is registered in
the State as a battery operated two with exemption of road
tax for five years.
EKOVEHICLES request the Government of Karanataka to consider
exempting electric two wheelers from Sales Tax.
Friends it is Inevitable but to usher in the next generation
of transportation "Vahanas" Electric and
Hybrid Vehicles for personal and Public Transportation in
India in Particular and the World in General.
“Speaking on Corporate
Social responsibility (CSR) initiatives I am not here to make
just profits. I thought I should add value to India and the
people around us”, is what Mr. Anil believes.
Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity.
Mr. Anil Ananthakrishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of EKOVEHICLES Pvt. Ltd, seems to have done just that. In
his words, Mr. Anil says “We wanted to give the country
something that is not just eco-friendly, but pocket-friendly
too”. And indeed he did. EKOVEHICLES Private Limited,
the Bangalore-based electric scooter manufacturer, has already
established its name as India’s first eco-friendly two-wheeler
that runs on batteries charged with electricity.
Despite suggestions from his friends in the US to launch
the vehicle there, Mr. Anil returned to India and launched
the vehicle in January 05. “My heart was always telling
me to produce this vehicle in India and then take it to the
world markets as a ‘Made in India’ ” he
says. Mr. Anil is an electric vehicles technologist, who returned
to Bangalore after working for over 25 years in Europe, USA,
Mexico and China, to initiate this project. An Engineering
Graduate from Bangalore, he later got involved in the Development
process of Electric Vehicle Technology in Europe & USA.
He has been a pioneer in this field and was the co-founder
of the World EV Organization at Toronto, Canada in 1984.
Having his base in USA though, he spends a major part of his
time in India and China. He has over 30 years experience as
an Entrepreneur in Business Management, Technology and Operations.
As a strategist, he always believed in developing strong partnerships
internationally. He has coordinated development projects with
companies in the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia. His experience
in non-polluting powered vehicle design, testing and manufacturing
is what has given birth to EKOVEHICLES in India.
“Vidyut 24” was the first battery operated electric
vehicle made by Anil at his first industrial facilities called
Electro Anil Ltd in Bangalore, India. However, after carrying
out many experiments and manufacturing several types of battery
operated vehicles in US and Germany, Mr. Anil succeeded in
designing and developing a quality based electric two-wheeler,
which can be used for daily commuting with low cost and zero
EKOVEHICLES has set up its unit in Bangalore, where the two-wheelers
are manufactured. The company imports parts and components
from overseas and domestic E-Mark, CE compliant and ISO 900
certified vendors. There are 15 skilled and 10 unskilled people
working at Bangalore unit. The total cost of the project was
$2.2 million (around Rs.10 crore). EKO Cosmic’s VRLA
battery is fully sealed and needs no maintenance. The vehicles
come with a charger, which can be plugged into any of the
electric points and needs four hours for full recharge and
the life of the battery is around two years. The company is
in the process of setting up “Rapid battery charging
Stations” at several places in the city of Bangalore,
which enables the customers to charge the vehicle in just
10 minutes. Mr. Anil insists that this recharging facility
be given to the unemployed in turn providing employment to
The specialty of EKOVEHICLES is that it can be assembled in
just 20 minutes. One more uniqueness is that the neodymium
iron boron magnet brushless DC hub motor has been integrated
into the rear wheel so that whenever the brakes are applied,
the motor switches off by itself and restarts as soon as the
acceleration is given. It can carry two persons at a speed
of 40 kms/hr. EKO Cosmic -I costs about Rs 33,500 on road.
The maintenance of this revolutionary battery-operated vehicle
is very simple and pocket friendly. It can run up to 50 km
on a single charge and costs just Rs. 4-5 for every new charge,
which can be done at any of the plug points at your office
or home. EKO-Cosmic vehicles have rear wheel hub motor which
powers the vehicle. This eliminates transmission losses providing
efficiency and energy savings. The distinctive inimitability
of EKO Vehicles is the absence of clutch, chain, gears and
other conventional mechanical parts that lead to greatly reduced
maintenance. The running cost for the Eko-Cosmic Battery Operated
two-wheeler is under 35 paisa per km, as against a rupee or
over for petrol driven two-wheelers. This includes battery
recharging and maintenance. The battery has to be replaced
after 15,000 km commuting under standard conditions.
Having successfully launched the two-wheeler in Karnataka,
Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh, Mr. Anil Ananthakrishna
is now planning to launch electric three-wheelers with the
same concept. The company plans to manufacture a three-seater
three-wheeler and four-seater omni-type four-wheeler cars,
which can cost up to Rs. 80,000 and taxes if any. While the
prototype vehicle of four-wheeler is ready, the company is
currently developing suppliers in India. With this “We
are ready for the launch by 2008” he says.
EKOVEHICLES has also made certain customized vehicles for
physically challenged persons, which are sold against specific
orders. “At present we are working on and testing a
new type of two-wheeler, which is almost similar to a bicycle.
The motor capacity will be just 250 watts (about 5 cc) and
to be priced within Rs 15,000. This will be very handy for
students and joy riders”, he adds.
Meanwhile, the company has made a presentation to the government
of Tamil Nadu for launching it in the State and is waiting
for an approval from the State Government, as electric vehicle
selling needs every State Government’s approval. “We
are hopeful of launching Eko-Cosmic in Chennai during this
year, and more and more states one by one.” Mr. Anil
adds, “I am working towards setting up rapid chargers
in association with Retail Petrol Bunks in the city and also
in highways which will facilitate the commuters to go for
a longer ride”.
The philosophy of EKOVEHICLES lies in utilizing state-of-the-art
technologies. The use of existing standardized components,
wherever possible, substantially reduces development time
and investment. The final products that result from this design
process, offer proven quality, performance, and homologation
at a relative low cost.
EKOVEHICLES of this kind can save future generations from
living in a ‘Perpetual Gas Chamber’.
Mr. Mahadevan, General Manager of
IdeaNow Communication who is working on the adverting
of EKOVEHICLES says, “There should be a good connection
or what we call a relationship between the consumer and
the product with its benefits. Only then will the product
be a big success”
Ms. Preet Malhotra, a Mount Carmel
student says, “I am really happy with the bike because
as a college going girl, I knew I needed something hip
and trendy, and my Eko bike is just that”.
Mrs. Poornima Hedge, a housewife has
to say that it is extremely convenient for her to drop
and pick up her kids from school. Since she hardly travels
for more than 50 kms, this bike is a cost-effective way
to ride around for small chores.
The use of Electric Vehicles
has good CDM (Clean Development Mechanism)potential except
for the fact that as of now there is no approved baseline
and monitoring methodology available for transportation sector
which correlates the fact that this project requires a new
methodology to be developed. This requires lot of deliberations
jointly with considerable amount of time.
The preliminary estimated potential indicates scope in fuel
switch and renewable. The average quantity of Certified Emission
Reduction (CER) from fuel switch option would be above 28,000
tonnes CO2 per annum with a value of 0.29 million US $. In
addition to this the average quantity of CER from renewable
energy option (recharging facilities) would be above 25,000
tonnes CO2 per annum .