A farmer’s son from the Yavatmal district in Maharashtra has built a hydrogen-powered car at his home. The homemade car can travel 300 km for just Rs 150 as per the creator – Harshal Nakshane.
Harshal Nakshane is a resident of Vani and he has worked on this pollution-free hydrogen car. He is a Mechanical Engineer and has completed his M.Tech. He took the help of Kunal Asutkar, who is his childhood friend. Harshal worked on the car to bring down the operating cost of vehicles.
The homemade car runs on hydrogen and as per Harshal, it is designed for self-driving. It is currently in the prototype stage. Harshal says that he has spent Rs 25 lakh from his savings on the car. Harshal currently works as a service provider on the Internet. We are not sure about his exact profession.
Harshal says that he has applied for patents for the self-driving system and the hydrogen fuelling system. He also has plans to put it into production too. However, he plans to sell the vehicles once he has a stock of at least 100 vehicles. With mass production, the cost of the vehicle is likely to come down. However, we are not sure by when we will be able to see the vehicle on the roads.
The prototype vehicle gets all the bells and whistles like scissor doors, a sunroof, autonomous driving, and more. The group is already taking pre-bookings but has not revealed the exact specifications of the vehicle. You can visit the website AiCars.in for more information and details.
Homemade cars are not road legal
India has strict rules against modifications or such homemade cars. Such vehicles are not allowed on the roads until they get approvals from various authorities to prove roadworthiness. We are also not sure about how the hydrogen fuelling system and how exactly it works. A few months ago, Toyota showcased the Mirai hydrogen car in India. However, hydrogen cars seem to be far away from plying on Indian roads due to the lack of fuelling infrastructure at the moment.
The supreme court of India and the Motor Vehicle Act bans any such modifications to operate on public roads. Such vehicles can be project cars for many and one can use them on private properties like a racing track or at a farmhouse. However, the police may seize them from public roads.
In India modification is not allowed and even aftermarket accessories like the bullbar and other structural changes are banned too. In fact, tyres that are too big for a vehicle are banned too. Such vehicles sure do attract a lot of attention on the roads but since they are made at local garages without proper welding equipment, they can be dangerous. If a vehicle disintegrates while going on a road, it can become cause a serious accident.