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Way2k 26 Sep 2012
BIT students design special tricycle

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 cycle.

BIT students design special tricycle

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 environment.

"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


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