auto news desk, The Army Commanders’ Conference began in Delhi on 21 April. This biennial event is one of the biggest gatherings of the Indian Army. The Army Commanders’ Conference is being held for the first time in a hybrid manner, wherein the Army Commanders meet virtually and then meet in Delhi for detailed demonstrations. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy with retrofitted EV components has been showcased at this military event. Tadpole Projects startup is working for this operation. Under the leadership of Jawad Khan, this startup has been created under IIT-Delhi.
what is tadpole project
Indian startup Tadpole Projects claims to provide the same driving experience through an easier setup. Tadpole lists four battery pack options on its website, including two 48V EV architectures, one 1440 Wh module and one 1536 Wh module. While there is also an option of 60V architecture with 1920 Wh module and 72V architecture with 8640 Wh module.
how is this kit
All these battery modules come with IP65/67 rating. Along with this, short circuit, overcharge and under discharge protection has also been given in it. Also, there is an option for an EV kit up to 30 kW and a smart BMS for the 1 kW to 37 kW (49.6 bhp) electric motors. It takes 2 to 6 hours to charge them. Tadpole offers a warranty of 2 years on the motor and 3 to 5 years on the battery, which can be extended up to 7 years.
How vehicles convert to EV
The process involves swapping out engine parts, finding the best location to mount the battery, installing the battery, and connecting the electric motor to the existing drivetrain. This is a great way to extend the life of older and unused ICE vehicles. If a vehicle has sentimental feelings attached to it, it can be converted into an EV instead of being scrapped. Converting old vehicles to EVs can not only extend the lifespan of the vehicle, but also make it a special vintage car.
what would be the use
The biggest advantage of retrofitted EV conversion is that existing vehicles can be made reusable with zero-emission powertrains. The Indian Army is well-acquainted with Gypsies, and is capable of completely disassembling and reassembling them in minutes.
There will be changes in these vehicles
The Indian Army may induct the soft-top Jimny into its fleet in the future. Also, instead of eliminating all unfit Gypsies, they can be converted into EVs.