This incubated company from IIT Delhi is helping to modernize electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage. Almost every car company in the world has offered electric vehicles, either on the road or for sale.

But what happens to the internal combustion (IC) vehicles that are already on the road and the older vehicles that were built for these engines? This is where Tadpole Project thinks it could help. Founded in 2020 by Jawaad ​​Khan, the startup does EV retrofit.

“We transform the vehicles and we started from the classic car. Our first car was the Beetle,” shares Jaawad. While it’s hard to retrofit a classic car, it’s harder to make sure it works. Indeed, spare parts for old cars are very difficult to find. “We saw the problem and started coming up with a solution,” Jawaad ​​shares.

To date, Tadpole Projects has retrofitted 15 cars in different categories such as vintage, passenger, logistics and premium. He is currently working on heavy vehicles.

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Why renovate?

According to the motor vehicle laws of the country, a personal vehicle can be used for 15 years. Beyond this period, it is considered that these vehicles would pollute the environment at a faster rate than new vehicles.

In 2015, the environmental protection body National Green Tribunal issued a notice stating that diesel vehicles over 10 years old should be banned from roads in the Delhi-NCR region. The owner of these vehicles can now bypass this command by converting their motors to electric kits.

Essentially, converting these types of vehicles to electric vehicles would give them an additional five to seven years of life on the road.

“That’s where we see people are hurting, and they want a solution there, and that’s why we found a solution, and we’ve had a lot of customers,” he adds.

Retrofitting could also emerge as a potential solution to improve the transition to widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the global automotive retrofit electric vehicle powertrain market was valued at $58.89 billion in 2021. It is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7 .1% from 2022 to 2031 and is expected to reach $117.9 billion by the end of 2031.

“The solution we offer is that no matter how the car is made, the originality of the car remains the same. Just remove the kit and put your engine back in,” says Jaawad.

The company is currently focusing on the Indian market, with some Australian customers as well. Tadpole’s EV kit can be used for all vehicles except heavy vehicles. It caters to the three market segments such as vintage, premium, fleet and defense used vehicles.

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