Croy­ance Au­to­mo­tive ready with E-CV

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The Gu­jarat-based elec­tric ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer, Croy­ance Au­to­mo­tive, is ready with its elec­tric-pow­ered com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Es­tab­lished in 2015, the com­pany has 2 vari­ants in the small com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle seg­ment namely, Elec­tro 1.T and Elec­tro 2.T. They are sched­uled for launch in April 2019. The ve­hi­cles are com­pletely made in In­dia for the In­dian roads. “Ini­tially, we will be launch­ing the EV in the metropoli­tan re­gions. We will have a pan-In­dia pres­ence through the 4 ma­jor metro cities and then we will move to other ar­eas. The ve­hi­cles are 100% elec­tric and are com­pletely made in In­dia with no im­port con­tent. The 1-ton vari­ant (Elec­tro 1.T) can run up to 120 km with a sin­gle charge. Charg­ing is as sim­ple as charg­ing a mo­bile phone,” Kapila Soni, Founder and Di­rec­tor, Croy­ance Au­to­mo­tive, said.

Croy­ance is also com­ing up with an app that will pro­vide bat­tery as­sis­tance to its cus­tomers. The app will keep them in­formed about the bat­tery power and other im­por­tant de­tails. It will also no­tify the owner on when the bat­tery needs to be re­placed. The app will be launched along with the ve­hi­cle.

“With the max­i­mum load, the Elec­tro 1.T can run at a max­i­mum speed of 45-55 Km. The ve­hi­cle is fully au­to­matic and is also equipped with hill as­sis­tance. With the in­ter­na­tional de­sign, it has com­fort­able seats and air vents for the driv­ers. Orig­i­nal road test­ing has been done in Gu­jarat, where we have our man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. The run­ning cost of the ve­hi­cle for a km is less than Re 1. The ve­hi­cle needs reg­is­tra­tion and the driver has to hold a valid driv­ing li­cense to drive it,” she said.

Soni claims the elec­tric CV to be cost­ef­fec­tive and eco-friendly with ze­roe­mis­sions. She said the govern­ment has plans to in­stall charg­ing sta­tions for ev­ery 50 km on the high­ways and for ev­ery 3 km in cities. This will make recharg­ing the bat­ter­ies easy for the con­sumers and make them use more EVs. “The govern­ment plans to have 100% pol­lu­tion-free ve­hi­cles in the com­ing years. These elec­tric ve­hi­cles will be­come very prac­ti­cal then. Some pri­vate firms are com­ing up with charg­ing sta­tions on their own. We also have plans to set up our own charg­ing sta­tions at our ser­vice and af­ter sales out­lets,” she said.

While the Elec­tro 1.T will be able to run on the roads, the Elec­tro 2.T is mainly de­signed for in­ter­nal move­ments like in­side a ware­house, air­ports and rail­way sta­tions. The Elec­tro 2.T has a speed limit of 25 km. Croy­ance has set a sales tar­get of 700-800 ve­hi­cles in 2019. With the unique­ness of the prod­uct the com­pany hopes to ex­ceed the tar­get. The founder said the com­peti­tors do not pro­vide the specs they have which also in­clude the driv­ing dis­tance. Cost also plays a ma­jor role here. The com­pany also of­fers an af­ter-sales war­ranty of 20000 km. The weight of the ve­hi­cle is 670 kg, and most of it is of the six bat­ter­ies and their com­po­nents. “Many of our com­peti­tors cre­ate an EV by con­vert­ing an IC en­gine. But, we start from the scratch and ex­clu­sively make an elec­tric com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle. This is an­other ma­jor ad­van­tage that dis­tin­guishes us from our com­peti­tors,” Soni said.

The first phase of the man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Vapi, Gu­jarat is in progress. It is spread on 10-12 acres. As an ex­pan­sion plan, Croy­ance is also plan­ning to set up an­other man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity ei­ther in Chen­nai or Andhra Pradesh af­ter the launch of the ve­hi­cles in April 2019. With the ad­di­tional fa­cil­ity the elec­tric ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer aim to ex­port its ve­hi­cles.

The 14-mem­ber R&D team of Croy­ance based in the Gu­jarat fa­cil­ity is work­ing on in­creas­ing the bat­tery range to 250-300 km from the present 120-150 km in a sin­gle charge. It is also work­ing on a car model (4-seater) which is likely to come to the mar­ket in 2020. The com­pany also has plans to ex­pand the R&D cen­tre as it is look­ing to set up new cen­tres in Bengaluru and Chen­nai. “This is mainly done to re­duce the trans­porta­tion cost,” Soni said.

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