PUDUCHERRY: A 58-year-old Puducherry man has invented an e-bike, which charges its battery as it runs on another battery thus making it into a continuous recharging electric bike.
This not only eliminates the requirement to charge the bike from an electrical grid but also ensures an uninterrupted journey, said the inventor Vijayan Premanand. He has obtained a patent from the controller general of patents, designs and trademarks, department of industrial policy & promotion, Union commerce and industry ministry.
“This is the beginning of a technology where we don’t need to charge the vehicle from an electrical grid. The advantage of using such an e-bike is that we don’t require plug points to charge the bike and don’t require plugging stations. The bike charges itself as it runs. The technology saves electricity,” said Premanand.
He pointed out that even now, there are villages in the country that do not have electricity. “Our country is not self-sufficient in electric power. Using our electric grid system to charge e-vehicles will further lead to power shortage. Moreover, we don’t have to waste time charging at a power station. This technology, I think, is the future for electric vehicles,” he said.
Explaining the technology, he said a generator is mounted in the hub of the wheel, which is connected to an electric storage device. The generator charges the electric storage device, which converts the mechanical energy of wheel rotation into electrical energy with the help of an electrical generator.
He has also improvised the design by charging the batteries alternatively. “Charging batteries alternatively will minimise power loss. Idle batteries lose power soon and to overcome it, I came up with the idea of charging the batteries alternatively,” he said.
The inventor has written to all major automobile companies manufacturing electric vehicles on his invention and has been waiting for their response.
“I used lithium batteries. The performance will be better if we use fast-charging batteries,” said Premanand, who goes around the town with an e-bike invented by him.