It was in 2013, like-minded individuals forayed into the Electric Vehicle (EV) sector, firmly believing that the future belongs to electric.
The team first imported e-rickshaws from China. However, the imported e-rickshaws did not do well in Bengaluru as the auto drivers were comfortable with fossil fuel. The team then tried indigenously retro-fitting but that effort also did not bear positive results. In October 2013, the team converted one prototype. Around the same time, a Sri Lankan company by name LAUGFS Eco Solution invited the team to Sri Lanka to retro-fit three auto rickshaws with lead acid (LA) batteries. The project was successful.
That gave the team confidence that it could be done in India, though there were no norms for approval of electric vehicles in India. It was around 2016 Volta Automotive India Private Limited (VAIPL) was formed.
The Team of VAIPL is Mr. B.N.Madan, an expert in the EV sector with over 27 years of experience in the electrical sector,Dr. Anees Ahmed, Nagpur, EV Enthusiast, EDUCATIONIST and Social Entrepreneur who helped lots of poor people to get Free education and settle in their Life and later associated with Mr. Guru Shastrimath, an entrepreneur in diversified fields with national and international connections, came on board to give direction to the e-rickshaw venture, as VAIPL TEAM firmly believe that ‘electric is going to drive the future’. The project got a new lease of life with Mr. Madan, Dr. Anees Ahmed and Mr. Guru Shastrimath, steering it.
VAIPL got a patent for the concept of retrofitting in-use 3 wheeler autorickshaws, the first and the only company which got the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India, Pune) certificate for retro-fitting. VAIPL presented a retro-fitted auto at Transport Bhavan to the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkarji who was impressed with the e-Auto rickshaw’s performance.
Mr. Nitin Gadkarji, then directed Team VAIPL to get the retrofitted Electric Auto tested and certified for its efficiency and performances by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune. The team also approached the Ministry of Transport with a request to change the CMVR norms to allow legally retro-fitting.
With the guidance of the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRTH), VAIPL did a pilot project as part of the homologation process in 3 Indian Cities-BENGALURU-NAGPUR-NEWDELHI.
ARAI Evaluated and approved the retrofitting concept and gave report to MoRTH that retrofitting in-use Vehicles are viable and Affordable model for India towards EV adoption, Based on that MoRTH directed the VAIPL to conduct pilot of these retrofitted vehicles in three cities, namely Delhi, Nagpur and Bengaluru.
Mr. Nitin Gadkariji flagged out the PILOT prototype in Nagpur,and this was followed by launches in Delhi by, the State Minister for Transport, Mr.Gopal Rai ,and later in Bengaluru by the Minister for Transport Mr. Ramalinga Reddy.
Based on the trial PILOT PROJECT report from VAIPL Under Guidance of ARAI and Local RTO officials, and based on these reports MoRTH made amendment to the CMVR regulation 115D to allow conversion of any vehicle manufactured after 1990 and up to GVW and up to GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 3,500 kgs. On June 24, 2016 MoRTH through a Special Gazette Notification GSR 629(E) changed the central motor act CMVR 115D Part III allowing Retrofitting of any vehicle manufactured after 1990 and up to GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of 3500 kgs with a rider that the warranty part will be shifted from the OEM to the (ARAI or any Government Approved Certifying Agency) approved retrofit kit manufacturers
VAIPL then approached ARAI for Homologation of retrofitted Autos with Lithium Phosphate Batteries (LFP) and got the ARAI certificate for retro-fitment with Lithium Phosphate batteries (LFP) vide certificate no AAMB0243 dated 19th JUNE 2017. The team then convinced the Ministry of Heavy Industries to extend FAME-1 (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric) incentive to retro-fitting and got it sanctioned.
VAIPL got 9 States to approve retro fitting of old in-use auto rickshaws to pure electric and get endorsement of RC books post retrofitting. VAIPL has been tracking and controlling the e-Auto rickshaws by remote for on road data recovery.
VAIPL Showcased its retrofitted Autos to Mr.Narayanamurthy and got appreciation from him for the performance of the Retrofitted Vehicle
In the Year 2019 VAIPL initiated Golden Quadrilateral Journey started from Bangalore- Pune-Mumbai-VAPI-SURAT-BHARUCH-VADODARA-AHMEDABAD-UDAIPUR-AJMER-JAIPUR-NEWDELHI-AGRA-LUCKNOW-PATNA-DHANBAD-DURGAPUR-KOLKATA-BHBANESWAR-VISHAKAPATNAM-VIJAYAWADA-NELLORE-CHENNAI- Back to BENGALURU on Retrofitted rooftop Solar (362W) powered auto rickshaw with battery swapping covering 7000 km in 64 Days Visited Lots of Education Institutions, Universities educating Students on Electric Vehicles Giving Trials to Local Auto drivers understand the advantages of Retrofitting and its Benefits
To begin with VAIPL will first commence retro-fitting on used auto rickshaws. The next step is to manufacture brand new e-rickshaws in compliance with all norms including EURO IV. As cities are soon going to decide on banning old vehicles, there will be a huge market to retrofit them and make them pollution-free such that they are back on the city roads.
Year 1: Turnover planned around Rs 15-20 Cr (Pan-India sales / franchise / exports etc)
Year 2: Turnover planned around Rs. 300 Cr
Year 3: Turnover planned of around Rs 1200 Cr
Year 4: Turnover planned of around Rs 2500 Cr
Year 5: Turnover planned of around Rs 4500 Cr
BHEEMANAKONE NARAPPANA MADAN Is an Electrical Engineer and with 27 years of experience in Various Electrical Product Lines completed his Electrical Engineering from Anjuman Engineering Collage Bhatkal Under Karnataka University Dharwad in July 1987 worked as Production engineer in a Leading Lead acid manufacturing company from year 1987- 1990, in Jan 1991 he started into manufacturing of Electrical Distribution Boards Manufacturing company a Proprietary and employed around 75 people ( Engineers and Diploma Graduates, ITI as well Unskilled) catering all over India worked with Various Architects and Electrical Consultants in designing Using Auto cad software and executing the projects based on the client’s needs and also into maintaining these installations till a separate Maintenance agency appointed by the Clients, in the year 2011 Mr.Madan floated a Pvt Ltd Company Called M/s RJMS ELECTRICALS Pvt Ltd, with his wife Jyothi madan as director to cater bigger clients and started working with Various Software companies, like Oracle, Wipro, Tata elxsi, Infosys, Siemens, Developers like Mantri Builders, RMZ, Prestige Builders, shapoorji Pallonji, Azmera Builders, etc, Shopping Malls with M/s Pantaloon Groups, G Corp Group, Palladium and MS Ramaiah & Sons, L & T Infra, AstraZeneca, Biocon etc., Total Workforce employed was 140 Peoples including Engineers, Diploma, ITI and Semiskilled labours in Fabrication Painting Assembling Testing Installation and Commissioning and Maintenance, In the Year 2016 Mr. Madan stopped his Panel Division due to steep competition and market saturation of Infrastructure developments and started Diversifying into Electric vehicle line since it was most happening products and got into retrofitting of in-use 3 wheeler passenger and cargo auto rickshaws and LCVs like TATA ACE and later Interacted with Ministry of Transport and Highways to amend the CMVR act 115D allowing Pure electric Retrofitting (conversion) of In-use Vehicles up to N1 Type i.e. up to 3500 kG GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight of the Vehicle Including Load) supported by ARAI Evaluation test along with 1 Lakh KM of Road Trials, In the Year 2016 Floated one more Pvt Ltd Company Called M/s Volta Automotive India Pvt Ltd (VAIPL) with 4 more Directors and got ARAI approval for Conversion of in-use 3 wheeler Passenger auto rickshaws into pure electric with Lithium (LFP) batteries and VAIPL becomes the Only company in Entire India to have First ARAI approved Kit manufacturers and started Manufacturing conversion kits for converting OLD autos to electric to reduce vehicular pollution in the Cities also help the Drivers to earn more per km with less strain as vehicle after conversion becomes Gearless, Recognized by Various Indian State Governments and Central Government Agencies and Departments GURU SHASTRIMATH Guru Shastrimath who was born in Hubli and brought up in Bangalore, is the son of renowned freedom fighter Sri.V.B.Shastrimath Guruji, an awardee from His Excellency the President of India;
Karnataka State Suvarna Ekikarna in 2006 and the Kempegowda Prashasti. Guru Shastrimath is one the Founder President of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose R & M Development Trust. Guru Shastrimath is a B.com., graduate from Bangalore University who started working at an early age. With the motto “Earn while you learn” ingrained in him, he learned the ropes of marketing, even before graduation. Soon after his degree, Guru Shastrimath was fully into marketing various beverages and consumer products. He became an entrepreneur soon and started Mining/Quarrying and exporting natural stones for over four decades, travelling the world on business. ACTIVE MEMBER OF FIGSI He is an active Executive Member of the Federation of Indian Granites and Stone Industries (FIGSI) for over two decades. He led the team to globally to promote STONA international Fair, the third largest in Asia, organized by FIGSI. He represented First International Stone Conference in Carrara, Italy from India, He was convener of Public Relations Committee of STONA 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012. Presently, Guru Shastrimath is the Chairman of the Seminar & Conferences Sub-Committee, STONA International fair.
ORGANISED FIRST WORLD STONE CONGRESS As Chairman of the First World Stone Congress held in New Delhi, India in 2013, he brought the ‘Who’s Who’ of the natural stone industry to this International event. He is also the Chairman of Natural Stonage, an international magazine promoting the sector. SASWATH STONES Mr. Guru Shastrimath is also a mine / quarry owner. He is the Managing Director in SASWATH GROUP and the CMD of V.G.NATURAL GRANITE AND STONE PARK PRIVATE LIMITED; CEO of NAGPAL BABA GEMSTONNE, NEXTGEN E HOSPITALITY AND LOGISTICS. PROMOTING ELECTRIC VEHICLES, THE FUTURE With extensive knowledge of different sectors, he has forayed into hospitality, logistics and agriculture. Having firm belief that there is need for the world to move away from fossil fuels, Mr. Guru Shastrimath has ventured into the electric mobility segment. He is the Sole Distributor in Karnataka for electric scooters and bicycles under the brand name NEXZU. He is entering the three-wheeler auto retrofitting business. Having extensive contacts in India and worldwide, he is planning to set up manufacturing unit in Karnataka and export electric vehicles under the ‘Make in India’ programme. SOCIAL WORKER He is also a social worker. He is actively associated with trade bodies & welfare organizations, philanthropist and is a Trustee of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Research and Multi Development Trust. Dr.ANEES AHMED. Dr.ANEES AHMED is an educationist and social Worker,at present running Educational Institutions like Nursing, Law,Diploma,ITI,ENGINEERING Colages, He is giving free education to lots of poor Girls and making them to stand on their feet, His Institions are Recognised by Govt of India under "SEEKO AUR KAMAO" and under this scheme he is training around 100 Students