Our family has been in the business of bus body building for more than 20 years. We took the workforce, infrastructure, and expertise built over the years and founded Gayam Motor Works (P) Ltd in 2010 to manufacture petrol and CNG auto-rickshaws. We exported more than 5000 auto-rickshaws to countries such as Japan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam in a span of 3.5 years.
In due course, we realized electric vehicles are going to create a huge impact in southeast countries and started working on building an electric auto-rickshaw.
After 1.5 years of extensive research, we successfully developed a commercially viable electric auto-rickshaw.
We offered trial runs of our electric cargo auto-rickshaw to many logistics companies in India such as E-Kart, Big Basket, and Jugnoo and understood that these logistics companies also depend on two-wheelers for their last mile deliveries. GMW’s product line now consists of both Lead Acid, and Li-Ion battery powered cargo and passenger vehicles. It was in late 2016 when GMW started producing and selling electric bicycles.
It took us about six months to design the prototype, and manufacture our first electric bicycle. We pitched it as an alternative to motorbikes/scooters for last mile deliveries and received a positive response from logistics companies such as UBEREats, Swiggy, and Jugnoo. We shipped our first order of electric bicycles to UBEREats in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the USA.
We came up with a relatively more powerful variant of our electric bicycle, making it suitable for office goers. So far, 460 customers have already pre-ordered.
With the application of Intel® Edison Board and Intel® Atom™ x3-C3200 Processor Series, we were able to build our product. Since Intel® hardware comes with GPS, GPRS, Bluetooth, and WIFI, the vehicles were easily integrated for remote tracking, search availability on our app, and route optimization.
The Challenge has been tremendously helpful in stimulating the idea of focusing on an electric bicycle in the global market as well. All those countries where two-wheelers are used for food and last mile deliveries now fall in our target market.
Using our proprietary battery management systems and controllers enabled us to price our bicycles at half the price of similar bikes in the US.
Building smart bikes by integrating Intel® Edison Board and Intel® Atom™ x3-C3200 Processor Series that enables GPS, GPRS, Bluetooth, and Battery into bicycles by compact packaging and limiting the costs in a price sensitive market like India. Intel’s hardware has been a great fit for suiting our requirements.
We pitched our innovation to the mentors at T-Hub. The sessions were truly interactive, and we learned a great deal while we understood the nuances of our innovation. We were able to redefine our thoughts and fine tune our business roadmap. Our mentors helped to connect us with corporates, logistics companies, and other partners for taking our idea into an actual business in the later phases.
The role of the mentors has been primarily on two fronts. Firstly, it focused on being local as well as global - one of our biggest challenges on the business front.
Secondly, on the technology front, they got us the required technical support by Intel® hardware (Intel® Edison and Intel® Atom™ x3-C3200 Processor Series) to connect our fleet of electric bicycles with smart lock systems to enable location tracking. It didn’t only make the tracking easier but also helped in analyzing the battery health, and optimized delivery routes of the electric bike.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), Delhi tops the list of most polluted cities. Among the world’s 20 most polluted cities in the world, 13 are in India.
55,00,000 two-wheelers are the biggest contributors to the national capital's vehicular pollution. The absence of an effective, efficient, and well-networked transport system in India is one of the primary reasons for pollution from automobiles in India.
We plan to create our first footprint by focusing on replacing petrol bikes/scooters with our electric bicycles across the nation, thereby reducing the vehicular pollution and the costs incurred per delivery by the logistics companies.