Pune-based Northway Motorsport has officially launched its EV conversion kit for Maruti Dzire and Tata Ace
Electric vehicles (EVs) will replace traditional automobiles powered by internal combustion engines in the long run. The transition process has already started and has gained momentum in recent times. However, battery-powered vehicles currently constitute a very small part of the total mobility solutions in India.
In the near future many already existing vehicles will have to be converted to sources of electricity to reduce the level of emissions. However, the range of such EV conversion kits has been an obstacle so far. Pune-based Northway Motorsport has launched EV conversion kits for both passenger and commercial vehicles.
The manufacturer says that these are plug and play kits. Apart from removing the petrol engine from the DZire and installing the EV kit, nothing else needs to be changed. It uses the same mounting point as the petrol engine. Other features such as the functionality of the instrument console, AC, audio system, or even manual transmission – all remain unaffected by this EV kit installation.
Conversion Kit for Desire
For the DZire, the firm has launched two different conversion kits- Drive EZ and Travel EZ meant for city and long distance travel. Both the kits offer a single-charge range of 120 km and 250 km respectively.
While the Drive EZ gets a charging time of 5-6 hours, the charging time for the Travel EZ is rated at 8-10 hours. The top speed has been capped at 80 kmph for commercial purposes and 140 kmph for personal use.
The bookings for the Drive Easy range have started with a token amount of Rs 25,000 and the final price of the conversion kit has been pegged at around Rs 5-6 lakh. Bookings for the Travel EZ range are expected to start soon.
Ace . conversion kit for
Northway Motorsport has launched two conversion kits each for Maruti Dzire and Tata Ace. Starting with the commercial vehicle, there are two categories of conversion kits on offer with the Ace-Luxurious and Dumdaar, the latter offering a higher range on a single charge, though no specifics of the battery pack or electric motor are available. The luxurious EV conversion kit offers a range of 80-100 kms and is primarily designed for intra-city commuting.
The specifications of the battery pack or the electric motor are not yet known. The standard charging time for the entire range is pegged at five to six hours while the express charging time is pegged at two hours. The top speed is limited to 100 kmph for personal use, while 80 kmph for commercial use. The powerful range offers high battery capacity paired with a similar motor that offers a range of 160-190 kms on a single charge.
The standard charging time for the powerful battery pack is six to eight hours while the Express charging time is two hours. As of now, only the great range is available for order. Interested consumers can book the consumer kit for a token amount of Rs 25,000, while the final cost of the conversion kit will be between Rs 4.5-5.0 lakh.
service and network
Northway Motorsport has partnered with Indian EV or BEV to set up charging infrastructure as well as service points across India. In the first phase, the company aims to set up a dealer and charging network across Maharashtra. This is expected to be done in the coming 3-7 months. Post that the company will expand to other cities in India.
Although they will open dealer and service outlets, Northway Motorsport claims that users can still visit their OEM dealership for parts and regular service. However, it remains to be seen whether Maruti or Tata authorized dealers will provide parts and service to such converted vehicles.