For world without petrol cars

For world without petrol cars

The WAVE is an initiative undertaken jointly with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, to promote awareness on the use of efficient and eco-friendly electric cars, said WAVE project head and environmental adventurer Louis Palmer, who is also the winner of the ‘Champion of the Earth 2011’ award instituted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The initiative involves solar-powered electric cars, touring around the world, to display the ease and practicality of driving them.
The cars take anywhere between one and six hours to get charged and can cover a distance between 150 and 250 km, the WAVE team said.

‘World without petrol cars’

“Our objective is to create advanced vehicles and have a world without petrol cars,” Palmer said, observing that petroleum (a non-renewble resource) will, one day, be exhausted. About the prospect of electric cars being more expensive than conventional fuel-run ones, it was observed that overtime, by the use of the former, the savings in energy costs will eventually rise, compensating for initial investments in their production. This will also help bring down the end costs of electric cars.

The India leg of the expedition, involving five cars, began in Mumbai on December 3, passing through Hyderabad and then reached the City. It is now due to cover Tumkur, Chitradurga, Ranebennur and Dharwad in Karnataka in the next few days, before proceeding to Goa and then back to Mumbai, Palmer added.         

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