04 Jan '13, 5pm

Grid Problems Curb India's Electric-Vehicle Appetite

January 4, 2013, 12:21 pm Grid Problems Curb India’s Electric-Vehicle Appetite By DAVID FERRIS David Ferris Pachyappa Bala, the co-founder of Ampere, with its latest electric bicycle, the sturdy Angel. COIMBATORE, India — In early 2012, after years of experimentation, an Indian start-up called Ampere developed an electric motorcycle that people would actually buy. It wasn’t a sleek, shiny bike for the urban hipster — the company had tried that and failed. It was the Angel, a heavy, clunky converted Chinese bicycle that goes only 15 miles an hour but can carry extremely heavy loads. The customers were farmers and small tradesmen in the southern countryside who liked the fact that the bike could take a beating, cost only $386 and could be fueled for virtually nothing since farmers here get their electricity at no cost. Then, in May, an acute power shortage took hold in Amper...

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