By financen | October 4, 2018 - 5:45 pm - Posted in Innovation

Sushil Reddy is a 26 year old alumnus of IIT Bombay. He is excited to start his 7000 kms journey from IIT Bombay on his electric cycle powered by solar energy. His aim is to spread awareness on the energy crisis faced by the country and the possible alternatives given by the solar power.

His 70 day ride will cover Maharashtra, Gujrat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi. Sushil Reddy will be accompanied by another student, Rajendra Bhaskar who is from the same institution. Rajendra Bhaskar will be riding a normal cycle. The electric cycle is fitted with a motor that will help in pedaling. The motor will be powered by the solar panels of 240 watts. This can also be used as a normal cycle.

Sushil will start his cycle journey from IIT Bombay and then it will cover Valsad, Surat, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Diu, Somnath, Porbandar, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Mt. Abu, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bhatinda, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Roorkee, Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Deogarh, Udaipur, Gandhinagar, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi, and back to IIT Bombay.

The title sponsor inaugurated the electric cycle at IIT Bombay on May 6. Others present in the function were the representatives of the title sponsor, Inter Solar, silver sponsor, BSNL, Zoom Car, Team Shunya and students of the institute.

This electric cycle runs at an average speed of 20-25 kms per hour and Sushil is planning to cover almost 100 kms everyday.  He will also give presentation of the cycle at all places where he halts.

Sushil was working with Professor Chetan Solanki in his solar energy start up. He was able to develop this cycle in his final year and traveled 500 kms from Mumbai to Goa in December 2015.

Zoom car has sponsored a car that will follow Sushil throughout the journey. This car will be equipped with GPS and trained crew. The aim of this 70 day ride is to spread awareness and skills in solar energy sector.

Sushil will raise funds to help NGO Hockey Village India, which integrates sports and education to teach kids in remote areas of Rajasthan. Sushil also wants to start a crowd funding campaign to help Jatwara village in Rajasthan.