This Make in India electric vehicle by IIT Kharagpur will give us a smoother journey and a cleaner environment

While urban planners and transport department are working on plans to reduce pollution generated by vehicles, IIT Kharagpur’s new Make in India’ green, electric vehicle DESHLA has hit the road which will give tough competition to the current three-wheeler autos and high-maintenance totos.

Who built this ‘Make in India’ green vehicle?

The electric vehicle has been designed and built from scratch by a 50-member strong student team led by Prof. Vikranth Racherla from IIT Kharagpur’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.

Instead of retro-fitting an existing vehicle, we thought we would build one up from scratch, especially because the design is so important for an electric vehicle. Each design has been conceived, analysed, prototyped and the cycle repeated many times before the actual product came out,” said Prof. Racherla.


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Considering the product development process of building an electric motorized vehicle from scratch and the number of interns who joined the project from other engineering colleges across India, Prof. Partha P Chakrabarti, of IIT Kharagpur hailed this project-based learning which he said is a new way of engineering education.

The project was funded by industrialist and distinguished alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Dr Purnendu Chatterjee, Founder and Chairman of The Chatterjee Group (TCG).




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