E-trio Automobiles, a startup company out of India working on electric cars, is India's first business to receive approval from the Automotive Research Association of India, the top industry body that represents top car and engine manufacturers within India and is ran under the Ministry of Industries, Government of India.
E-Trio has received ARAI approval for retrofitted car kits in Alto and Wagon R, which will allow the startup to convert these models of car into all-electric ones. Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems. In this case, a “Retrofitted Car” means electric vehicle (EV) conversion in which the car’s combustion engine (Petrol/Diesel based) and connected components are replaced with an electric motor and batteries, to create an all-electric vehicle.
Electric Maruti Suzuki Alto and Wagon R developed by E-Trio, and for which the startup has got the ARAI approval, gets an electric motor that does not require any gear and can travel up to 150 Km on a single charge. It also claims higher safety standards and these electric cars can be charged anytime and anywhere and will be low on maintenance than a traditional petrol-powered car.
Beside Alto and Wagon R, which are small hatchbacks, the startup is in process to get kit approvals for other fast moving models in India. They are currently in discussions with some leading car manufacturing companies from Japan and Thailand.
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