Published: 27th July 2020
IIT Hyderabad incubated start-up provides lithium batteries to healthcare companies for mass production of ventilators
The Electric Vehicle Firm, incubated by IIT Hyderabad, has provided batteries to a company that has designed ventilators for mass production as well as to another Robotic Healthcare Tech Company
Electric Vehicles start-up PURE EV is providing Lithium batteries to healthcare tech companies that are engaged in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic across India. The batteries are being used in medical applications such as Ventilators and Robotic Sanitation Devices. The startup supplies batteries for various applications under the brand name “PURE LITHIUM.”
Incubated by IIT Hyderabad, PURE EV is working on innovative applications for Lithium batteries, which it manufactures in-house. The primary application for its Lithium battery is for its in-house manufactured electric vehicles sold under the brand ‘PURE EV.’
The Comparative Advantages of PURE LITHIUM to traditional batteries include:
⮚ PURE LITHIUM will have lesser weight for easier portability and transportation
⮚ The batteries are capable of providing high discharge currents
⮚ The batteries are designed to work under wide range environmental conditions with customized casings and insulation
⮚ The batteries give significantly longer charging/ discharging cycles than the standard VRLA batteries
Speaking about these initiatives, Rohit Vadera, Chief Executive Officer, PURE EV, said, “PURE EV is working with more companies to supply our batteries and we are open to collaborate with more startups working towards medical devices and applications. We want to play a supportive role towards healthcare entrepreneurs. The innovative startup ecosystem in the country has to rise to the occasion and develop applications to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.”
PURE EV has supplied Lithium batteries to IIT Hyderabad Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE)-incubated startup Aerobiosys Innovations, which has developed a low-cost, portable, emergency-use ventilator called ‘Jeevan Lite.’ This device offers protection to healthcare providers as well as it is Internet of Things-enabled and can be operated through a phone app. The mass manufacturing of these ventilators shall be done by JCB India Pvt Ltd.
PURE EV has also provided Lithium Batteries to Eternal Green Innovations Pvt Ltd who are working in the space of Robotic Healthcare Tech Devices.
Highlighting the unique capabilities of the startup in Lithium Batteries technology, Dr Nishanth Dongari, Founder and Managing Director of PURE EV, and Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, said, “We have significant experience in design and development of high-performance Lithium batteries through our constant innovation for EV batteries. We have state-of-the-art facilities for the assembly and testing of the Lithium Battery Packs. In this critical time, we want to extend our best possible support to the healthcare tech industry for their requirements for backup power. The batteries designed by us are extremely useful for robotic applications and have significant advantages in terms of longer life cycles and portability.”
PURE EV, which raised funding at a valuation of USD 35 Million some months ago and was incubated by IIT Hyderabad, launched its high-speed electric scooter ‘EPluto 7G’ in February 2020. It has established a 40,000-sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility, co-located with IIT Hyderabad, for cutting-edge R&D and for large scale production of electric vehicles and electric batteries. The company has current battery manufacturing capacity of 5 Megawatt hour (Mwh) per month at its facility.
PURE EV was founded in 2016 by Dr Nishanth Dongari, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, and is led by Rohit Vadera, an alumnus of IIT Bombay. The startup will continue to collaborate with R&D laboratories of IIT Hyderabad, which will provide strong technological support.