Working with start-up Nunam, which is based in Berlin and Bangalore and funded by the Audi Environmental Foundation, the rickshaws will be powered by used batteries taken out of Audi’s test vehicles. The brand is keen to explore how the high-voltage batteries can be reused after their time in a car is up.
The e-rickshaws are set to hit the roads in India from early 2023 in the trial project, and will be made available in a non-profit organisation, with Audi keen to point out that the batteries still have a ‘lot of power’ even when they’re no longer suitable for use in EVs.
Nunam cofounder Prodip Chatterjee, said: “The old batteries are still extremely powerful. “When used appropriately, second-life batteries can have a huge impact, helping people in challenging life situations earn an income and gain economic independence – everything in a sustainable way.”