India’s Vazirani Automotive Debuts Sleek, Ultra-Light Ekonk EV
Another challenger has entered the electric vehicle ring from India with a claim to a new battery technology. The Vazirani Automotive Ekonk is an extremely lightweight EV that utilizes what the company describes as a novel battery pack technology it calls “DiCo”—for direct cooling. The prototype places an emphasis on aerodynamics, and the DiCo pack helps with weight savings.
That “Breathable Battery”
Vazirani is also very light on details about what the DiCo battery pack technology entails, but it does appear that the company employs air cooling for the pack, eliminating the weight and complexity of liquid cooling systems. That’s the same basic concept that the Nissan Leaf, for example, uses with its passively cooled pack, but we’re hoping the company will outline what (if anything) is novel about its system in the near future.
The Ekonk—which Vazirani claims “in Indian scriptures means beginning of Divine Light”—is a super lightweight electric vehicle designed for maximum airflow for the batteries and overall aerodynamics. It says the Ekonk has one of the lowest drag coefficients for a vehicle of its kind. It also utilizes carbon fiber, which allows the Ekonk to achieve a weight of 1,627 pounds. If true, this makes it one of the lightest electric vehicles manufactured so far.
It’s not just a computer generated or rolling clay model, either. The Ekonk is a functional vehicle and has been demonstrated by running it at the brand new Naxtrax high-speed vehicle test facility near Indore, a city near central India. With a claimed 722 hp, offers a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower per kilogram. During its testing, the Ekonk reached 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 192 mph. While there’s no mention of the motor positioning nor how many there are, the release does state that the Ekonk has multiple motors.
Not For Sale, Yet
For now, it looks like this single-seater Ekonk will be a one off. However, what Vazirani will learn from this prototype will be applied to the Shul hypercar. The Shul was revealed during the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a turbine generator-equipped electric vehicle. However, Vazirani does mention that the Ekonk “might also see limited production for customers to purchase.”