Santro Electric: Gurugram Man Converts Old Santro Into EV in Three Days

The newly created EV has a range of up to 90 kilometers per full charge.

Santro Electric: Gurugram Man Converts Old Santro Into EV in Three Days

In the most recent attempt of its kind, a vintage Hyundai Santro has been converted into a fully functional battery-powered electric vehicle. Mihir Vardhan, a resident of Gurugram, has completed the assignment and has published a video to YouTube in which he describes in detail how he was able to turn the fuel car into an electric vehicle. Curiosity aside, Mihir accomplished all of this in three days and for less than Rs 2.5 lakh.

Mihir shows off an outdated Santro automobile in a fresh avatar in his popular YouTube video. Before Mihir made the decision to turn the car into an electric vehicle, as he states in the video, it belonged to his grandfather. He emphasizes that the procedure was completed on a small expenditure of US$3000 or roughly Rs2.38 lakh.

The resulting EV does not promise extremely high-performance numbers as a result. The top speed of Mihir's electric Santro is roughly 60 kmph, but its maximum range is just about 80 to 90 km. Although these numbers aren't very eye-catching, Mihir believes them to be ideal for his needs, which are to operate the electric Santro in Gurugram's traffic at the lowest possible cost.

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Given his initial goals for the EV conversion, Mihir's claim that the EV costs him "less than Rs 1 per kilometre to run" is a rather astounding feature. This means that, on an average run, his electrified Santro can travel 15 km for a cost of Rs 15, as opposed to the current price of petrol, which is about Rs 100 per litre. For every 15 kilometres Mihir travels in his new electric Santro, assuming his Santro's prior mileage was 15 km per litre, he will directly save Rs 85.

The converted EV has a single 6kW, 72V BLDC motor that is coupled to a 72V 100Ah lead acid or lithium ferrophosphate (LFP) battery that is located in the trunk. We can suppose that the reason lithium-ion batteries aren't used more frequently for EVs is because they are more expensive. When the EV is in operation, Mihir also uses a 350A Kelly Controller to direct the circuit. Additionally, a DC to DC converter was utilised to reduce the battery's output of 72V to 12V, which was used to power the car's lights, power windows, and central locking system.

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Converting a petrol/ diesel car to an electric one

Nowadays, EV conversions are rather widespread, especially since many individuals find the expense of fossil fuels to be too high on a daily basis. Many aftermarket kits and services convert IC engine automobiles to electric drivetrains by completely removing their engines. But Mihir's recorded attempt prompts a different, related query: Can we convert our cars to run on electricity without the help of a professional?

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Yes, to answer briefly. There are a number of steps that one must take, many of which will cost money as well as time and effort to complete. Mihir made the decision to reduce all of them in his effort by merely taking out the upper half of the engine from his old Hyundai Santro. All the components of an IC engine are typically removed in a standard EV conversion.

Such initiatives underline the necessity of transitioning to an electric car as well as the general attitude of vehicle owners. It remains to be seen if such EV conversions would offer a meaningful alternative to the vast number of new EVs being introduced in India.

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