Campaign Ended! The campaign ended on June, 30 2016
We did an event (more like a ceremony for us actually) to launch our crowdfunding campaign here at great venue, Lahe Lahe in Bangalore..
and this is what one of our attendees, Priyasha Singh wrote:
Being an outsider to a new city, I have the opportunity to be spellbound and gaze starry eyed at the achievements of the people who have built their lives here. I get to feel inspired, be more and do more whenever I step out of my comfort zone.
The concept of Aadivaahan, from it’s eccentric, young and handsome founder is that humans are endo-skeletal beings- why shouldn’t our vehicles, our ‘vaahans’, be the same? Speaking of the legendary designer Preston Tucker of the Tucker 48 fame as his inspiration, this man is on a mission to raise 5.1 million rupees on the indigenous crowd funding site https://www.ketto.org/aadivaahan to create a vehicle to break the world record for longest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. The current record is 1626 miles. Does this statistic sound intimidating? I wouldn’t be doing this if wasn’t challenging enough, comes the confident reply.
Despite India’s huge potential, we have no major technological or design patents. One man is out to tilt the balance in our favour. Are we going to help him try? Vivek, the founder of Aadivahan, asked us to pitch in what we believed would help him, and if we didn’t help him financially, at least spread word about his work to 10 people. I’m putting in my 2 cents. I hope this inspires you to do your bit too.
Thank you all of you who contributed so far...big things take time to grow :-)
And before we go, here is the first sneak peek of the Jeetdi, our premium, hand-crafted, electrifying, electric reward...
do come on board...we look forward to a broad an diverse participation, globally!
Aadivaahan is a vehicle and a team that intends to break the existing world record for Range of an Electric Vehicle (Non-Solar) on a single charge. The existing record stands in the name of the University of Applied Sciences, Offenburg team out of Germany. They have been attempting the record as a team since 1998 and it currently stands at an impressive 1,103 miles (1,631.5 km) set on Bosch test track in August 2011.
Aadivaahan has a proven in prototype concept that makes us believe that the record is well within our reach, achievable in this calendar year, 2016.
A lot of the how will have to remain a closely guarded secret, the secret sauce if you will, but as we do the ride and declare ourselves to the world it will be self-evident and selectively open sourced (selectively for the greater good).
Because it is time. It is THE time for radical, evolutionary and public in-ovation and not walled garden, leak as arbritrage driven as in today’s system.
Aadivaahan will challenge long held tenets of automotive engineering, held sacrosanct for 120 years, to prove how an intelligent reversal to first principles, aadividyaa, can give us machines that are in harmony with us and efficient far beyond todays limited offerings on the global market.
It is time to shed the shackles of llmitations imposed on EV’s worldwide and allow their wide-spread adoption.
A statistic that deeply disturbs all of us here at aadivaahan, over 1,50,000 indian’s lose their lives every year in automotive accidents. That is twice that of a distant second, China….That is simply not acceptable and we intend to show a graceful pivot into true bio-mimicking, human centrically designed, safe, hyper-efficient vehicle, which is what aadivaahan means…aadi: original, vaahan : vehicle.
Vivek can be best described as a unique, out of the box thinker, with a deeply intuitive understanding of technology and business and the ability to connect the dots in new and unique ways.
For 10 years he has created a body of radically innovative designs. A gifted musician and a social commentator, you can see the links below for more!
To know more about his design/Ensign vision - http://squareandc.net/
Ekta is the earliest member of Aadivaahan family and has been through making of the Aadivaahan story since the beginning. Engineer by degree and artist by heart. Her Passion for connecting people and deep knowledge has motivated her to quit her job, and spread Vivek’s insights in any way possible. She is also responsible for hosting ‘Aadivaahan’ related fund-raising and benefit events.
John Lazorack the 3rd:
John- Design genius, Michelen Design Challenge award winner, Race car builder and driver. By day he works for General Motors, designing their most futuristic concept cars in Hollywood. John is our in-house, on-team design and build guide. Over 10 years ago he met Vivek in San Francisco. Together they have developed many elegant, yet simple products, based on Vivek’s unique design philosophy.
The electronics expert on the team. A design philosopher with deep insights into how control electronics works, Gautam brings his years of "top secret" level electronics and control systems design skills to the team. A super detail oriented product design engineer of commercial and military/defense technologies, Gautam is a jack of many trades with a specialization in embedded systems. Among his hobbies are skateboard-ing, guitarplay-ing, and bad puns.
Swedish Builder, EV nut, radical innovator, drives his electric vehicle to work in -19 degree weather in Sweden. That is supposed to be impossible. Thus he is our Battery Doctor. Andrej's battery innovation is a key part of our journey to the record. His simple breakthrough allows orders of magnitude improvement in all parameters of battery system functions. Yes, you read that right, orders of magnitude.
Fracktal, Our Design partner, are a Bangalore based, technologically driven hardware company formed in the year 2013 out of Manipal University. The first product that is currently being manufactured are 3D Printers with this range of printers being widely used across different verticals. We also help clients fulfil their hardware and middle-ware needs.
Fracktal always have tried to promote technologically driven innovation in India and this allows them a perfect opportunity to do that here. With this collaboration we hope to help team aadivaahan smash the world record for EV range and later help design and provide truly economically sensible electric transportation to India.
For over 25 years, he has been a master fabricator, race bike developer, intuitive designer, wicked chopper maker. Aadivaahan is fortunate to have this genius be a part of our prototype and fabrication team.
Bengaluru. We are working on the venue that will allow us to have both a workshop and a test-track of some decent length available to us for use. Many spaces have been scouted but we will move seriously once the campaign has ended and we are sure of what kind of money we are working with.
The aadivaahan.com website will keep you all informed and updated.
The aadivaahan facility will do a lot of core design/prototyping/testing in house, outsourcing to best in class companies for all other design/fabrication requirements. We are grateful to have fracktal.in as our core support partner in this regard.
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