This will be a “thrilling ride” as the two riders set out on a 54-day journey of 14,216 kilometers (km) on heavy electric motorcycles, Made in India, traveling across the country’s borders.
This goes beyond an adventurous journey as the duo will connect with young people traveling through colleges, to bring home the important message of entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Rightly called the “Electric Bharat Mala”, this is a StartupnREV initiative, led by Giovanni Kuruvilla And Gautam Khot, who are multifaceted personalities with experiences in the corporate and startup world, and now want to urge the young people of the country to get out of their comfort zone and StartUp. There has been no better time than NOW in our country to start with a plethora of incentives from central and state governments, ample high quality money looking for great ideas and founders, incubators and accelerators across the country providing the resources and infrastructure it needs so badly for growth.
Transport Minister of Karnataka, B. Sriramulù formally launched this initiative on January 6, and said that “This is the first time you have attempted to travel over 14,000 kilometers on an electric motorcycle. It is also an attempt to create a new world record. I am very happy that such an initiative is being undertaken as part of our Hon’s flagship Make In India program. Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi by Startup of electric vehicles from Karnataka “.
The journey will begin February 4, 2022 from Bengaluru on electric motorcycles – Mantis from Energie Orxa and literally cross the country, for a total of 14,216 km. With the team scheduled to complete the trip and return to Bangalore by the 29thth of March.
Once successfully completed, the trip would break the current world record for the longest electric motorcycle trip of 12,379km, set by Italian friends. Nicola Colombo And Valerio Fumagalli which crossed 11 countries, starting in Shanghai, China, and ending in Milan, Italy, from 10 June to 23 July 2013.
Returning to the venture John and Gautam aimed at, on the Mantis the other key partners on this journey will be Charzer, a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, SpareIT – network provider of services and spare parts ready for electric vehicles and PotHoleRaja , whose mission is to repair potholes while creating awareness of road safety. Yourstory, one of the country’s leading digital media platforms, is also collaborating on this project.
While traveling, these two pilots’ primary mission will be to interact with students from various colleges along the way and ignite their passion for entrepreneurship. After seeing various changes in the corporate world and now being part of the startup accelerator – Brigade Reap, the duo understand the path that young people in India must take in the current environment.
John and Gautam clearly see the changes that have been brought about by technology and this, coupled with the innovation of bright young minds, is sure to bring much bigger changes to our country and to society as a whole.
StartupnREV’s mission statement states: “In today’s Digital1st environment, India requires young entrepreneurs to take advantage of the country’s challenges and ever-expanding business opportunities in both urban and rural India. We are encouraging people to be self-reliant in making decisions about providing resources and producing wealth and jobs through innovation and entrepreneurship. “
This is perhaps the right time to foster the seeds of entrepreneurship among the young people of the country and given the countless interaction John and Gautam will have with college students during this journey covering 50 places, they would be best placed to pass on their wisdom. as well as guiding them on their journey.
The challenging journey will also drive another important message about the crisis facing every country in the world, which is of an impending ecological disaster a key contributor being the result of fossil fuel based mobility. Switching to alternative and more sustainable forms of transport can help mitigate risks to the environment.
John and Gautam’s electric motorcycles will carry home the message of ecological sustainability as clean fuel is used in these vehicles.
Left to right: Dr. Prajwal Sabnis, co-founder, Orxa Energies | Sourabh Kumar, co-founder, PotHoleRaja | John Kuruvilla, Chief Mentor, REAP Brigade | Gautam Khot, CTO, REAP Brigade | Sameer Ranjan Jaiswal, CEO, Charzer | Ranjita Ravi, co-founder, Orxa Energies | Prashant Kamdar, Founder, SpareIt | Romi Chugh, co-founder of SpareIt
In India, the adoption of battery-powered electric vehicles is plagued by problems such as range anxiety, the availability of recharging and spare parts infrastructure and roadside service stations. To dispel all these doubts, 3 Karnataka electric vehicle startups came together to create 1st Collaboration in the electric vehicle space to convince customers in India about the benefits of switching to electric. While it dispels the various apprehensions that people have about electric vehicles. These could relate to the durability and robustness of the performance issues of these vehicles, etc. In addition to the concerns mentioned above. All of that will be addressed as these electric bikes go through this long and difficult journey. Settle for the availability of en-route charging networks to power these bikes. As well as the functionality of electric vehicles in almost every part of the country through their journey of world record attempts. The mountainous and desert terrain with its low and high temperatures will test the stamina of motorcyclists and the reliability of EV motorcycles
The entire trip is self-financed by the startups and the 2 riders. Support came from other companies in Bangalore: Amace solutions, a leading 3D printing company that helped with 3D printing of EV motorcycles, Khivraj Motors who provided a support vehicle to carry spare batteries, charging stations and other equipment. and 6K IOM a leading bike accessories company that has equipped riders with safety riding and communication equipment.
Many hotels have also agreed to offer complementary crew stays as they garland our country in an electrifying way.
You can receive daily travel updates on Yourstory and on the website www.startupnrev.com and social media handles. From 4th of February when the race begins.
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