Bangalore-based electric mobility start-up, Pravaig Dynamics has designed a two-door and four-seater electric car which can run 504 km on a single charge.
The company claims that it will be able to get more than 300km of range with 30 minutes of charging when connected to a fast charger. The car has a 40kW on-board charger that allows for a full charge in 4 hours. Powered by a 96 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Extinction MKI generates an output of 200 brake horsepower (bhp) with a top speed of 196 kmph. It can also accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 5.4 seconds. There will also be adaptive cruise control that works at low speeds — in a traffic jam for example. And finally there is Park and Go capability to save time and effort in urban parking.
Siddhartha Bagri, co-founder of Pravaig Dynamics, Says:
Developing a battery management system for this 504 km range specification is a massive challenge, keeping consumer safety in mind. During testing, we have seen this figure go above 600 km. The battery pack consists of 5,000 cells located on the floor of the car. Our batteries with an energy density of 155Wh/kg and backed by world-leading safety standards allows us to maintain a significant range. We have spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make it safe, long-lasting and at the lowest cost possible.
Pravaig has an interesting business model in that the car will not be sold to private individuals. Instead the company will lease the cars — along with a driver — to fleet operators. The 500km range is intended to see the car tackle multiple runs to the airport, in a city like Bengaluru for instance, and only needing to be charged overnight. Pravaig will also be installing chargers at the offices of the companies who have leased the car and their leasing costs with cover the cost of electricity consumed by the car.
The car is 4820mm in length and has a wheelbase of 3038mm. At 1934mm it is also wide. And this car has a state-of-the-art air filtration system that will deliver ‘Himalaya-like’ air quality. There are also four USB Type-C ports, wireless charging and ambient lighting.
Pravaig Dynamics States:
“This Electric car is like a premium taxi, this vehicles are built just for one single application of being a taxi. Therefore, we can provide almost 40% reduced cost, versus comparable products with similar features.”
“Our objective is to ensure a person can commute from Point A to B most efficiently. Why do you want to care about what car I wanna buy, what charger do I use, how do I pay my EMI, maintenance costs, etc? For most car enthusiasts, the Extinction MKII may not offer the greatest satisfaction because it’s not for sale to individual customers. But we are transitioning into a time where car ownership recedes. Today, 90% of the populace in Indian cities need a car because they do not accommodate them otherwise. This future is very likely to change with greater emphasis on public transport and shared mobility. We are building the tools to transition into that future.”
Pravaig claims 6 prototypes have already been built and one is being tested in Bengaluru. The ninth and final prototype destined for production in mid 2021.
All this progress has been nine years in the making, ever since two friends Dhawal Khullar and Siddhartha Bagri established Pravaig Dynamics nine years ago