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What is a cost effective solution to entirely replace Diesel engines in vehicles in India?

 

 

This project was an opportunity for me to let people know about the impact of a Diesel engine and a solution that would replace them which is beneficial to the environment. I learned a lot about my footprint especially after noticing that each day distance to school to and from my house is around 30 miles. Most of the cars we own are diesel powered and I thought of the emissions caused by a diesel car because of this.  In my experience Tesla is the most successful electric car company when it comes to having a charging network which allows for consumers to go on long rides. 

 

Research Process: 

I started my research process by interviewing Mr.Marshal who is a Dealer/Assistant manager at BMW Kun Exclusive in Chennai. He told me a lot of useful things about sales and what most customers are looking for in a car. I also interviewed Mr.Ramani who is a owner of Akila Transport and owns more than 200 trucks. He helped me understand why trucks use Diesel engines and why they are required for a transportation company like his. I also learned a lot of information about Diesel engines and their impact on the environment during my research. 

 

 

Infographic: 

 My infographic explains the impact of Diesel engines and solutions which are friendly to the environment and ways they are cost effective. To make an impact I have sent my infographic to the Ministry of Road Transport in India, Multiple Car Owner Clubs on Facebook , LOA Tamil Nadu (Lorry Owners Association) and Car Dealerships

 

Feedback: 

What do you think? 

Do you think Diesel Vehicles should be allowed to operate in the future? 

Do you think EVs are the future of all vehicles?

How can EVs be improved to make them more usable? 

How do you think people can have a smoother transition when switching to EVs? 

 

 

 

Work Cited:

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COMMENTS: 6
  1. April 23, 2020 by Allie

    This is a really great project! I think your idea of creating a charging network throughout India is especially innovative and would really help speed up the transition to a sustainable alternative to diesel engines. Great work!

  2. April 24, 2020 by Mila Tewell

    Bhargav, this is a fine project on a very important topic, and I hope you continue to pursue your interest in expanding charging networks in India. The big charging network company in the US is EVGo, led by Cathy Zoi https://www.evgo.com/about/leadership/, who spoke to GOA’s Changing the Course of Climate Change flex course last year. Take a look at the work they are doing – it’s impressive. Thank you!

  3. April 25, 2020 by Alejandra

    Hi Bhargav! Congratulations on your project! I am wondering if you have gotten a response from these groups: Ministry of Road Transport in India, Multiple Car Owner Clubs on Facebook , LOA Tamil Nadu (Lorry Owners Association) and Car Dealerships? And if so, what did they say?

    In Monterrey, Mexico, where I live, I see more and more stations for electric cars in public parking lots. I am hoping that in the near future we start seeing more hybrid and/or electric cars on the streets all over the world and may this help with air pollution in the city.

  4. April 26, 2020 by Shari Abbott

    What do you think?

    Hi Bhargav. I really appreciate the thoroughness of your project, and you do well, integrating your source material into your presentation. I’m going to answer your comments below.
    Do you think Diesel Vehicles should be allowed to operate in the future? The question as it pertains to India is an excellent one. I didn’t realize, as one of your sources stated, but obviously. all the overloaded trucks we see in India are not reducing the pollution emissions but ensuring that diesel is their only option, with such weighty loads, need strong engines. So alternative fuel options in India need to account for that, as well, as you note, stations where re-upping would be convenient and plentiful.

    Do you think EVs are the future of all vehicles?
    I hope so, IF, as your interviewee noted, India and other resources can switch their electrical production away from coal. I worry that the electrical grid in cities like Chennai are already overloaded, so we would need to accommodate for the additional usage carefully.

    How can EVs be improved to make them more usable?
    See above. Land in parts of major metropolitans in India is a high commodity. So creating alternative energy sources would have to be carefully planned, which has been a challenge for India in the past. Also, that photo above of the traffic jam in Delhi demonstrates the sheer volume of cars and trucks in need of fuel needs. Currently, electrical resources must be plentiful for the model to be workable, and it’s not like the average Indian has a garage with a electrical outlet to plug in at night.

    How do you think people can have a smoother transition when switching to EVs?
    It seems like the government cannot just mandate this, but plan for the transition mindfully. Thanks so much for demonstrating all the ways EVs are beneficial, as well as the challenges that would come with a switch in major cities like ours!

  5. April 26, 2020 by Pranav Unni

    Bhargav, this is a really interesting project. I found your video really interesting and it opened my eyes to vehicles and whether or not they are safe for the environment. I think that your question is interesting and makes us wonder how one can do so. Great job Bhargav!

  6. April 26, 2020 by Harish

    Hi Bhargav, you made a clear emphasis on the fuel economy and its importance in the factors that make a consumer decide on purchasing diesel over other products. You have clearly communicated the pros and cons of diesel and have also mentioned the effects on covid-19 on diesel consumption. Overall you have done a splendid job!!!

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