Electric vehicles are gaining popularity in the Indian market. There are many enthusiasts who have converted regular automobiles powered by gasoline or diesel engines into electric vehicles. Well, here is an enthusiast from Kerala who has made an electric scooter from scratch.
Rakesh Babu Customs from Kerala has become popular because of his work in his home garage. In the past, he has made several vehicles and replicas of iconic cars like the Beetle. His latest work is an electric scooter that he made at his home garage. Rakesh Babu custom made all the parts and panels of this new electric scooter, which looks like a Vijai Super.
The electric scooter painted in sky blue colour works well. Rakesh Babu even rides it around and shows the features but there is a lot of work that has gone into making this electric scooter.
The main components of the scooter come from another electric scooter. The frame, suspension, hub motor and digital instrument cluster comes from another electric scooter, which is not mentioned in the video.
The body panels are handmade, which Sudus made in his home. The scooter is made to look like the Vijai Super, which was a two-stroke super popular scooter. The layout remains simple and effective.
Rakesh Babu has placed the batteries under the seat of the scooter. The charging point is positioned just below it. Many parts of this scooter come from different vehicles. For example, the lock of the side covers come from the Jeep. However, most of the parts are customised and handmade. The seat, for example, is completely handmade.
The scooter uses a 48V battery system but the power and torque output is not mentioned. There is a hub motor mounted on the rear wheel of the scooter.
Can use on road?
Technically, such modifications are not road legal. In Kerala, cops especially target customised and modified vehicles. However, such vehicles are sure fun to have. If you want to own such a vehicle, make sure that you keep it off the public roads and use them in private properties including farmhouses, race tracks and more.
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.
That is why such homemade customisation options and vehicles are not so popular in India. Cops and authorities do not spare such modifications, especially in Kerala.