Keeping up with the spirit of celebrating Amrit Mahotsav on India’s Independence Day, Director in-charge of the National Institute of Technology-Karnataka (NIT-K), Surathkal, Udayakumar R. Yaragatti has released a new electrically powered vehicle for collecting and transporting segregated organic waste generated on the institute’s campus.
The vehicle, VidYug7.1 E-Trike has been designed and manufactured by the Centre for System Design at the NIT-K with funding support under the Campus Waste to Energy Project (CWEP) sponsored by the 1981 batch alumni of the institute.
It is exclusively designed for collecting and transporting segregated organic waste from staff quarters and hostels for running Anaerobic Digestion Plant on the campus.
The electric vehicle will run on a 48 V/100 Ah lithium-ion battery with a controller .
Once the battery gets fully charged it can run up to a 60-70 km range across the campus, a release from the NIT-K said. Earlier NIT-K had made e-bikes.
He hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address on the occasion.
Programs such as flash mob by Dance and Dramatic Club of NIT-K, just a minute speech, a fancy dress competition for campus kids, and Kalaripayathi – a Utkrisht Bharat event were organized on the occasion.
Various programs, such as a speech competition with a theme of summarizing the Indian Independence struggle in five minutes, a creative video competition with a theme of har ghar tiranga, a painting competition, a flag march, and traditional dance, had also been organized on August 13, the release said.