Electric vehicle maker in the US, Biliti Electric, has introduced the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell (HFC)-powered electric three wheeler. The company has named it ‘Fastmile’. Ability Electric had partnered with Hyderabad-based Gayam Motor Works (GMW) last year, under which the company will operate in India. He has also announced to set up the world’s largest electric three wheeler plant in Telangana.
What is special about this electric three wheeler?
The company claims that this electric three wheeler can cover a distance of 130 miles i.e. about 209 kilometers comfortably once filled with hydrogen. It will take less than three minutes to fill it with hydrogen . Fastmile’s motor carries a payload capacity of around 700 kg. The three wheeler electric vehicle has also been tested on rough roads during a road test of 10,000 kms.
What is different in this from normal electric vehicles?
These fuel cell based electric vehicles (FCEVs) differ from normal electric vehicles with batteries in some aspects. Normal EVs have a large battery to store electricity, whereas FCEVs generate their own electricity from the cell using hydrogen. Rahul Gayam, CEO, Billiti Electric, said: “This is a major step forward in shaping the future of hydrogen energy for global markets.”
Growing utility of electric vehicles
Gayam said EVs with normal batteries aren’t the only way to make transportation carbon-free. Small and economical vehicles are also being changed by the technology of hydrogen fuel cells. Electric three-wheelers or electric rickshaws are good means of end-to-end connectivity in traffic. Their utility is also increasing in congested urban market areas and small spaces. This technology could revolutionize the field of three wheeler EVs while being economical.
Government’s full emphasis on electric vehicles
Recently, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari made a big statement amid rising prices of petrol and diesel, saying that the use of petrol will be stopped in the next five years. In fact, by this statement he meant that more emphasis would be laid on the use of electric and hydrogen fuel based vehicles in the country so that petrol and diesel based vehicles could be phased out.