‘I converted my KTM into an electric vehicle that reaches 140 km/h and travels 130 km on a single charge’
Jhe electric two-wheeler market has seen immense growth over the past year, with sales up 132% over last year.
With so much buzz surrounding the market segment, many individuals and companies are working on ideas to convert conventional bicycles running on internal combustion engines into electric vehicles.
Asad Abdullah is one such individual undergoing vocational training in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, whose passion enabled him to convert his KTM motorcycle into an electric vehicle.
His efforts yield impressive results as his bike exceeds 130 km on a single charge and reaches a top speed of 140 km per hour.
He claims he has always felt intrigued and inclined towards electronics. “I took apart and dismantled electric toys as a kid, and started learning about electronic instruments as I got older,” he says.
In recent years, its interest in electric vehicles has grown as the market for the segment has exploded. “I tried to understand how these vehicles work and realized that their operation and mechanism were not extremely complicated,” he adds.
A few years ago, Asad experimented with a bicycle by mounting an electric motor on it. “It was a hybrid vehicle because you could pedal and use electric assistance to drive,” he says.
Confident in his achievement, Asad decided to use his KTM 200cc motorcycle as an electric vehicle. “I was spending a lot of money on fuel which cost me Rs 6,000 per month. The skyrocketing fuel increases just burned a hole in my pocket,” he says, adding, “I learned about installing engines on YouTube and modifications from others.
Asad knew his success could save him thousands of rupees spent on fuel.
Drawing inspiration from multiple videos and streaming countless hours of screen time, Asad disassembled the vehicle’s engine. “I replaced it with a 4,000 watt motor that delivers 25 kW peak power for 30 seconds when pushed to its limits. I installed a motor controller from QS Motors, a company in China that also supplies major electric vehicle companies in India,” he says.
It ensures that the brand is safe and reliable compared to other companies offering EV packages.
“My unique fit to the install is that I didn’t even change the stock setup of the bike a bit. There are no cuts, extra welds, or any alterations. I prepared a case battery, which fits perfectly into the vehicle’s original chassis,” says Asad.
He installed a hub motor, which is attached to the wheel. “It adds weight to the vehicle but is convenient to maintain,” he adds.
In addition, he made arrangements to secure the vehicle’s charger to the gas tank. That way it doesn’t become extra baggage or an item to carry. “The battery works as plug-and-charge, which takes just over four hours to fully charge,” he explains.
Asad says a fast charger can also be used for the same, but warns it can affect battery life.
“The overall configuration offers a speed of 125 km per hour and can increase up to 140 km by configuring the controller parameters. The performance is impressive as the combustion engine vehicle reaches a top speed of 160 km/h,” he says.
What else? Asad no longer spends a single penny on his rides. “I use a solar panel to charge my bike and I’m not dependent on the power grid. It saves money and makes the ride eco-friendly in every way,” he says.
He plans to set up his company and is looking for partners for financing. “I hope to be able to build high-performance vehicles myself and contribute to the electric vehicle market,” he concludes.
Edited by Yoshita Rao