16 September 2019
Boudh: The hands of a farmer which grow food have added another contribution to the environment at Bamanda village under Harabhanga block in Boudh district of Odisha by building a battery operated bicycle.
A Plus-Two dropout Dilip Mohapatra has upgraded a normal bicycle to run as a motorbike that runs on zero fuel and emits zero carbon emissions. He has made it possible by assembling two 12-volt batteries and a 35-watt motor on the two-wheeler.
Besides, an accelerator, a controller to adjust the speed of the vehicle, an LED headlight and a bat light has been set up on the bicycle to set it at par with a motorbike.
Two people can easily ride the battery operated bicycle which can acquire a speed of 30 km per hour. It can run up to 80 km on a single charge of 4-5 hours.
While Dilip has till date sold four such cycles in the village, he is hopeful of building a battery operated car but his poor financial condition is the biggest hurdle in following his dream.