Audi’s e-Tron has been one of the popular cars manufactured by the company. However, once the batteries used in the Audi e-Tron have completed their charge cycle, they can give a new life to the e-rickshaws which are being introduced by German-Indian start-up Nunam. Through the project, Audi plans to explore the use of high-voltage electric car batteries that have completed their first cycle and create job opportunities.
The electric rickshaw project is funded by the Audi foundation and is operated by start-up Nunam based in Berlin and Bengaluru. Three e rickshaws (prototype) have been already built under the project. The high-voltage electric car batteries can be the perfect replacement for lead-acid batteries that are currently used in e-rickshaws in India. Since auto rickshaws are neither fast nor cover a long distance, the used electric car batteries can be perfect for them, mentioned the company in its press statement.
When it comes to charging, the batteries will be charged at solar power charging stations. The batteries will be charged during the day and used at night. This will reduce the dependency on the public energy that is basically provided by the power stations (which majorly use coal as their source).
The uses of the Audi e-Tron batteries are not limited to providing power to the e-rickshaws. After the battery completes its second life cycle, they can still be used to power stationary applications like LED lighting.
This project between Audi and Nunam is not only aimed to provide sustainable development in terms of energy but also to create job opportunities, especially for women in India. This pilot project is expected to hit Indian roads in 2023. We expect the e-rickshaws to be available in the Tier 1 cities in the first phase, and then in the Tier 2 and smaller cities in separate phases.