Indian firm Greenvision Technology has launched a lead-acid battery to target the country’s emerging electric-rickshaw market.
The 100 AH gel-based, maintenance-free ‘Voyager’ batteries have been specially designed for E-rickshaws, of which there are an estimated 200,000 in Delhi alone.
The batteries, which the company claims can operate up to 80 kms on one charge, will be manufactured at the company's factory site in Denkanikottai Taluk, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu.
The company increased its capacity initially for the pilot production of Voyager to 100,000 units a year. Depending on the response, it will look to increase production for OEM and after-sale applications.
Greenvision will release its gel batteries for E-bikes by March 2016, and will follow the launch with batteries aimed at golf cart and buggy applications.
“With electrical rickshaws offering an eco-friendly alternative to the polluting auto rickshaws, metros in India are witnessing an increase in E-rickshaws,” said Managing Director of Greenvision Technologies Biju Bruno.
“Currently, they are gaining popularity in the city of Delhi and some parts of UP and West Bengal. We are in talks with E-rickshaw manufacturers in the country and are aiming at selling 35 to 40,000 units a month."
Greenvision Technologies, which manufactures batteries under the brand name Relicell, is headquartered in Bangalore, India.