Students of MITS Invent a Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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The hybrid jeep can reach a maximum speed of 60 km per hour in electric mode, while in diesel mode, it can attain a maximum speed of 70 km per hour

A hybrid electric vehicle (EV) has been invented by the final year students of mechanical engineering department of Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science (MITS), located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

The vehicle was invented by a team of students including D Reddy Manoj, K Mohan Reddy, K Pradeep, S Purushottham, J Satyanarayana Snehith, Mohammad Ansaari, S Mohammad Rizwan and S Ghouse Samdhani, who have together converted a normal diesel engine vehicle into a hybrid EV.

Aim to minimise pollution

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Explaining the reason behind the invention, the students said, “The usage of combustion engine vehicles led to air and sound pollution, which is staggering in India. EVs have long been invented to reduce or prevent pollution. Yet, many people do not know about the advantages of EVs. Hybrid vehicles were later discovered for that reason.”

The term hybrid vehicle is used for a vehicle having two power sources, means a combination of diesel or petrol engine and an electric motor.

Students further explained that they have converted a Mahindra & Mahindra jeep (model 540), having a diesel engine, into a hybrid vehicle. The power from the diesel engine transfers through the clutch, propeller shaft, transmission system, rear differential and lastly to the rear two wheels.

“We have installed an electric power-train system in this vehicle to make it a hybrid one,” they added.

Vehicle’s features

The jeep can reach a maximum speed of 60 km per hour in electric mode, while in diesel mode, it can attain a maximum speed of 70 km per hour. The battery needs 6 hours’ time to be fully charged. With one complete charge, the jeep can cover distance of 60-70 km. If case of discharge of battery, it will switch to the diesel engine.

Around Rs 3.2 lakh was incurred in converting the vehicle from diesel to hybrid, the students said.

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