It can run both in electric and manual transmission modes
Unlike a normal tricycle which has space only for one, this
one has been designed to accommodate two riders. "One person can ride
the cycle in electric mode, but in manual transmission mode at least two are required
to generate the required power. Hence, it has been designed to accommodate two persons,"
explained Udit Mittal, team captain of Project FIREhawks, which has designed the
The cycle can carry an additional 100 kg of weight. "A 250 watt motor, coupled with
a gearbox, drives the cycle at a maximum speed of 25 km per hour. In manual mode,
the speed depends on the capability of the riders. The battery needs to be charged
for at least six hours. The design prevents the cycle from toppling while taking
sharp turns," explained Udit. The cycle has been provided with roll-over protection
and safety guards to protect the riders in case of an accident, during rain or sunny
"The cycle received much appreciation during the recent ‘Auto Expo Show’ at Palace
Grounds. A few corporate firms were willing to adopt the cycle for travelling between
offices within their campuses. A few senior government officers too were considering
using this cycle in their office premises," recalled Udit.
Team Firehawk, comprising eight students, worked on the project for the last three
months. "Every part was sourced locally. Except for the circuit development, we
did not approach anybody for help. While working on the electric mode, we took help
of our lecturers," says Udit. The team is the only one from Bangalore to have qualified
for the EFFI-Cycle event organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers to be
held in Chandigarh from October 14-16.
Courtesy: Times of India