Farmer’s son innovates with 21 appliances and 9 “vintage” electric cars
BComing from a farming family in the village of Nimbhari, Maharashtra, 21-year-old Yuvraj Pawar has been interested in machinery since he was young. “In 4th grade, as part of a school competition, I made a floor cleaning machine with a thermocol and a motor,” he says. The best India in an interview. Yuvraj received the top prize for this innovation and there was no looking back for the young inventor.
Over the years, he has created around 30 inventions ranging from agricultural products like cultivator machines to sewing machines and everyday objects like wooden bedside lamps. “The challenges are unique to the product I’m building. I have to be innovative and find a solution to each new problem. His process involves a lot of trial and error, constant experimentation, and most importantly, not giving up.
Throughout his journey, he received a lot of support from his family who funded his equipment and tools, and from the village community as a whole. “It is thanks to the support I receive at home that I have been able to go this far. Otherwise, it would have stopped in Class 4 itself,” he says. “The villagers are also by my side whenever I face a problem and share with me all the knowledge they have.”
Although he had their support, Yuvraj had to find a solution to each new technical problem on his own, having no particular guide or mentor along the way. But following this passion for problem solving, he pursued studies in mechanical engineering at the Kashibai Naval College of Engineering in Pune.
Today, his most notable invention is the vintage-looking electric cars he created, which he named – Yuvraj 3.0. For these, he has orders from all over the country including Goa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh among others.
The process started with two-wheelers he thought he would make in the spare time he had during the COVID lockdown. But from there, he quickly progressed to cars.
He used computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application (CATIA) and computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the automobile. Once his product was planned, Yuvraj set about gathering all the materials he needed to begin the manufacturing process.
His first model used the motor from his father’s old bicycle, while the rest of the steel bodywork was sourced from scrap and any excess material that lay around his workshop. “And for all the parts that I couldn’t get hold of, I designed and made them myself.” It was ready in three months.
Given its unique and refined look, it quickly gained popularity within the village. “When I started driving the car around the village, people started looking at me differently. They liked it so much that they wanted to be photographed with it. I became famous all over the village. Soon after, he received his first order from Sunil Gadakh, the brother of the village provincial deputy.
The cars are available in red, black, white or any other desired color. “It all depends on the customer,” he says.
Yuvraj decided to make his latest invention electric. His cars are now built with a charging facility. “There is a growing market for electric vehicles these days. It is also better for the environment since there is no pollution. And it’s more convenient to use,” he says of the switch.
These can run on either a lithium-ion battery or a lithium ferrophosphate battery, depending on customer requirements. After charging for three hours, it can travel about 120 km. “We make it in such a way that it can be charged by the electrical panel of the house.”
It is priced between Rs 2,60,000 and Rs 3,30,000, depending on the customer’s bandwidth. Keeping the budget in mind, he uses particular batteries and body parts to complete the car. Today he owns three models and is currently working on the development of a fourth, and has built nine cars so far.
He has also obtained a registered patent for his invention and is pending approval.
Apart from his love for creation and invention, his endeavors are also fueled by his deep love for cars. “I have six two-wheelers and four cars. I have restored some of the vintage bikes myself. Scooters help me better understand how a vehicle works,” he says. ” I can not explain it. I love cars,” he adds.
In the future, Yuvraj plans to complete his studies while continuing to invent exciting new items.
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Edited by Yoshita Rao