With the rising prices of fossil fuels in India, apart from the private car owners, the businesses are getting drastically affected. Transportation businesses, agriculture and more such businesses rely on diesel. With the rising prices, the input cost increases and that, in turn, is increasing the price of the final product.
A farmer in Gujarat has come with an innovative solution. He has made a tractor that works on solar power and electricity to beat down the rising fuel costs. The farmer used a local bodywork shop and his knowledge of electrical circuits to make this tractor at his home.
The total cost input of this tractor is Rs 1.75 lakh and it can tow weight of up to 1 ton, which is quite a lot. The tractor has a solar panel on its roof, which is used to charge the batteries of the tractor. If there is no sunlight or the charge is not enough to operate the tractor, there is a way to charge it using the household socket too.
As per the calculations made by the farmer, he will be able to save around Rs 1 lakh per year that he spends on diesel. The idea of making such a tractor came to the mind of the youth after the rising fuel costs. He thought that the relatively less demanding work does not require a full-size tractor.
Instead of buying a full-size tractor, he decided to make one at home. The body was made at a local bodywork shop that makes agricultural equipment. The person made the body structure and then the electrical work was done.
The plan is to add a disinfectant spray and a trolley to the tractor so that it can be utilised even further. Currently, the owner of this small electric tractor uses it to deliver milk, do small farming jobs, give fodder to the cattle and so on. It ensures that the full-size tractor that runs on diesel is not in use.
No technical details
Even though we know that the tractor runs on electric power, the video by BBC does not share any technical details about the size of the battery or the amount of time it takes to charge completely. One should also note that without a fast-charging system, fully charging a battery can take a lot of time, especially the big capacity batteries.
Unfortunately, such homemade iterations are not road legal. Any vehicle needs to be certified by ARAI and the relevant authorities for safety before they can ply on the roads. So it sure is a long process of getting approvals and it does require a lot of capital too.