In the Audi-Nunam partnership, Nunam will use EV batteries used by Audi to convert rickshaws into electric powered vehicles. Nunam will also provide greener charging stations for new e-rickshaws across India. The Audi-Nunam e-rickshaw concept will be showcased at the 2022 Greentech Festival in Berlin, Germany.
Nunam co-founder Pradeep Chatterjee said that EV batteries are especially important for rickshaws. Rickshaws are clearly used for intra-city and rural transport. It is not very heavy and requires minimum power. Power, range and weight requirements are first for Nunam. The company also targets women in the new e-rickshaw distribution in India. Nunam’s initiative is eco-friendly in a big way. The non-profit startup will use solar panels to generate power for its charging stations. Energy will be stored in Audi’s battery.
This new green initiative can make a needed impact in India. Autorickshaws are a major contributor to carbon emissions in the country. That’s why providing an emission free option for them through e-rickshaws will be very effective. Audi’s Rüdiger Recknagel said Nunam is sharing its know-how to advance a cleaner vision for EV batteries globally. There is no word yet on when the e-rickshaw concept will go into production.