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Hindu Business Line: Revolution@25kmph

Halfway between the ubiquitous bicycle and pricier motorcycles, electric vehicles are slowly and steadily winning over the rural consumer with their affordability and fuss-free features.

Every morning, in Coimbatore’s Kurudampalayam village, more than 80 battery-operated vehicles go door to door collecting garbage. In this all-woman exercise, one woman drives the Ampere vehicle, while another picks up the waste, neatly segregated as bio-degradable and non-degradable. They make a second round of collection in the evening. The electric vehicles are charged on alternate nights, which costs ₹12 per machine and lasts for a run of up to 50km. No licences are required to operate them.

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A silent revolution on two wheels

Meet the OMC electric bike. It means solar powered transportation for rural India.

We charge it at the Micropower Plant and our customers rent it for 50 Indian Rupees – about one US dollar – per day.

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