A project expo named Open House took off at VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering & Technology recently. Around 200 projects implemented by BTech and MTech students were on the display as posters and prototypes. A variety of automobiles such as human-powered vehicle, electrical solar vehicle, 8-seater electric vehicle, foldable electrical bicycle, and all-terrain vehicles were on display as fully functional prototypes that some of the attendees took a test ride on. P. Yashwanth along with Shaik Asif and Akhilesh built a foldable electric bike. “We took 25 days to build it and it cost us `25,000. The bike is completely foldable and can be carried in an elevator or boot space in a car. One can travel at a speed of 25 km/h and it will cost you only `2 paisa per km,” says Yashwanth.
Innovative and smart systems and applications such as a prosthetic arm, home automation, interplanetary rovers, pollution monitoring, irrigation and farming, robotics, disease diagnosis and medical support systems, urban mobility and transportation, etc. were also displayed by the students. Abishai Sebastian, Jayanth Chowdary, Akhileswar Reddy, Bharat, Sushmita, Sai Kiran, Raghu, Akhilesh Reddy, Himachandra and Sai Dinesh came up with a 8 seater electric vehicle. “We made it out of scrap material in two months and it cost us `3 lakh.
We want to commercialise it as it is a zero-emission vehicle,” says Abishai.
Rohit Kumar, who built an electric solar vehicle along with 24 others from ‘Team Solarians’, concludes, “The vehicle can run on either battery or solar energy at a speed of 50 km/h. It cost us `3 lakh and took us five months to completely build it.”