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Old 26th May 2021, 17:27   #76
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Anything known about the Vidyut 24 electric bike?

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Anything known about the Vidyut 24 electric bike?
Nice find, good to see it had a dealer in Jaipur as well.

Google threw up this on Vidyut 24

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Nice find, good to see it had a dealer in Jaipur as well.

Google threw up this on Vidyut 24

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I remember to have seen an advertisement in The Hindu newspaper if my memory serves me oorrect in 1981 about the launch of an electric scooter in Bangalore by a company called as Electromobile India Limited.Is this the one?
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DKW Tata
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There was a brief proposal from the Tatas to build a DKW.
A nicer clear image of the DKW car from the Tata Central Archives newsletter
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Atlanta
In 1961 an attempt was made to build a scooter dubbed the 'Atlanta', in South India. More reading here.
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Some more material on the Atlanta scooter - apologies but I do not recall the source.
What appears to be a present day picture of the Atlanta scooter.
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More recently there have been so many more, like...[list][*]Quantam - the convertible sports car proposal
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the Quantum was to come with an optional diesel engine! i might have a brochure which i got from the auto expo that year, another serious proposal was to get the De la Chappelle here, ask Gautam sometime, he was heavily involved.
A detailed report on the Quantum roadster from a 1997 Auto India issue.

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Who remembers these local conversions on Maruti 800s? Instant sedan upgrade

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Tempo
Some terrific details on a small car protype from Bajaj-Tempo are recorded in Adil Darukhanawallas seminal work "Classics and Thoroughbreds". The car survives in the Tempo museum in Germany.
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An original leaflet for the Tempo Mini Car, from the book 'Navalmal Kundanmal Firodia'
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The Aravind
One particularly interesting car that we seen a mention of now and again was the 'Aravind' - another home grown effort that did raise a lot of eyebrows. Of course the project didn't take off, but a little known fact is that there atleast 3 separate attempts. Not much is known about the first two.

The first attempt seems to have been in 1959, using a 1947 Studebaker Champion chassis, and a Mercedes Diesel engine. Details courtesy this great page.
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A picture and some details shared by the Aravind page on the 'Iddy Champion'

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Can anyone tell us more about the Aravalli scooters? I don't think we listed it here before

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SAIL/Sipani
I believe that Sunrise Automobiles (SAIL) made the fibreglass 3 wheeler Badal in Bangalore, and then sold to Sipani. Engine was a 150/200cc Lambretta rickshaw engine? Subsequent models were the Dolphin (based on the Reliant Kitten) and Montana (4 door version) and Mondata D1 (diesel version). I do not know much about these products, they were probably more popular in the South. Over to the experts to shed more light.

More reading on the Badal, Dolphin and Montana.

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A 4 wheeler was also envisioned, and I believe this was the product, and one survives in Pune.
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Some rarely seen images and insight into the Badal project can be seen here

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We have heard of atleast 2 attempts from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore, at building a people's car.

The first was named the Pingle, named after Pingle Madhusudan Reddy, popularly known as PM Reddy, who designed and engineered the car in the 1950s. The car was recently in the news here. If we look closely we can see two concepts of door layouts - suicide or conventional front doors.

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A second attempt was made in 1964 apparently.
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More pictures of the scrap Pingle prototype can be seen here

Some more details emerge. I am not clear if they are actually two cars reported. Hope they get the attention and care they deserve.

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