Electric motorcycles will be used by employees in plains and semi-hilly terrain
On Monday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) floated a Request for Information (RFI) for the first time, as part of the government’s green to procure 423 electric motorcycles for use by its personnel deployed across the country, in plains and semi-hilly terrains. The MoD’s participation in the green initiative is part of the government’s green initiative.
In order to increase the use of e-vehicles in peaceful locations, such as those located outside of extreme geographical habitats, the Army decided a year ago that some of their fossil-fuel-based vehicles will be gradually replaced with electric vehicles, including cars, buses, and two-wheelers in use at peaceful areas. To reduce pollution, it is estimated that in some countries 25 percent of light vehicles like cars, 38 percent of buses, and 48 percent of two-wheelers like motorcycles will switch over to electric mode as a result of the establishment of a few such units.
This electric motorcycle will be capable of transporting two soldiers, as stated in the request for information. “GSQR (General Staff Qualitative Requirements) prepared at this stage, based on inputs and feedback received post-introduction and exploitation of the initial lot of electric vehicles in this class, will be amended as inputs and feedback are received since the technology is niche, evolving and the Indian Army is procuring these vehicles for the first time.
In addition to the specification mentioned above, the RFI specifies that the unloaded weight of the e-bike should not exceed 150 kilograms and should not be less than 130 kilograms. The device should be equipped with an area for storing documents and other materials in the form of dickeys, which can be easily detached when needed.
Additionally, it must comply with the battery range standard set by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) in order to ensure that it performs as expected. As per the RFI, the battery should be able to run at least 100 km with full payload under standard conditions when the battery is fully charged. The bike should have a service life of at least 8 years or 1 lakh kilometers (whichever is sooner), and should be capable of operating at temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius and as high as over 40 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius, which is in line with the Request for Information, stated above. In order to determine whether e-bikes should be selected for the Army, tests will be conducted during the summer and winter.
The Army is also creating enabling infrastructure to ensure that there are enough charging stations for the smooth operation of such vehicles at units.
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