Well, this vehicle is nothing like those showcased at the Auto Expo 2012, but there is something about RUV which foretells that it is going to have a greater impact on the Indian transport scenario than those cars.
Abhinav Kumar is a graduate of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University during which he was the Co-founder of Team Mettle, SAE Motorsports team.
He has worked with Sona Koyo Steering Systems and International Center for Automotive Technology(iCAT) in different Research & Development positions.
He left his job to form a company named “EVOMO(Evolved Mobility) Research & Advancement Pvt. Ltd. , The future of Rural Transportation” in 2010.
The organization is working towards providing an affordable rural transportation solution. Jugaads or other illegal transportation contraptions are one of the prime movers of both passengers as well as freight in rural India. These contraptions have also led to a number of accidents resulting in deaths to the extent that in October 2010, the High Court of Rajasthan ordered the banning of such contraptions.
If Abhinav’s dream is fulfilled and his organization’s efforts are recognized, then the Rural Utility Vehicle (RUV) which he and his team have designed will be on the rural streets of India providing smiles to many faces.
The RUV will comply with Euro-2 standards and so will be less polluting. It is designed to provide a convenient and comfortable drive even on the worst of the terrains.
It can be transformed from people carrier to goods carrier. It can perform agricultural functions like pumping water, carrying load. It can serve many different purposes like a goods transporter, passenger vehicle, dumpster and even an ambulance.
One of the other significant aspects of this vehicle is that it is being made in a garage and uses easily available parts and equipment. So, it can easily be developed in rural areas.
This will result in generating employment opportunities among rural also.
It is evident from these features, that this vehicle when released on the rural streets will certainly bring a rigid and positive change in the lives of the rural people.
Currently, Abhinav and his team efforts were recognized by Director of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. The Director helped him to incubate his idea in NID campus.
We hope Abhinav’s efforts are realized by such people who can help him in generating funds to realize his dream.
Abhinav’s work gives India’s rural population a hope that India is shining not only for them also. He also inspires other educated Indians to work for the country and develop innovative approach to solve the problems in India. His work has certainly made my day.
The product is in alpha stage of prototyping and they are actively looking for investments to move to beta stage prototyping, testing, certification and launch by Late 2013.
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