The three-wheeled hybrid electric vehicle (EV) — ‘Jackdaw’ — designed by students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has garnered various rankings and awards for its ability to improve the air quality and lower carbon emissions.
‘Team Green Warriors’, a students’ team of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET), the collegiate club of the department of Mechanical Engineering, AMU has designed this hybrid three-wheeler to cut on carbon emissions and improve the quality of the air.
Jackdaw won an all-India fifth rank in advanced hybrid category, first position in project plan, fourth place in IPG carmaker dynamic evaluation, grade ability test, design validation plan and in organising committee review and a fifth position in endurance run in Efficycle 2021- SAENIS, a national-level design competition for three-wheeled advanced hybrid electric vehicles sponsored by Honda, Maruti Suzuki and ICAT.
The team members, Syed Taimoor Ali (captain), Anant Agarwal (vice-captain), Mohd Saif Usmani (manager), Abhishek Kumar (treasurer), Arquam Hashim Siddiquie, Haisam Khurshid, Harsh Varshney, Mohd Sameer and Mohd Sohail, said, “We designed the vehicle keeping in mind that it is imperative to decarbonise transportation, which has been responsible for about a quarter of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. There are concrete signs that automakers are truly committing to electric vehicles than at any time before.”
“We came up with the idea of an aerodynamic vehicle that is ergonomically designed and engineered for performance and safety and we are glad that our efforts to provide environment friendly mobility solutions have received nation-wide recognition at the recently held online Efficycle 2021. The vehicle has been designed with features like Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), seat belt reminder, adjustable headlamps, infotainment system and other reliable safety features,” they added.
Speaking on the challenges of transitioning to remote work during the pandemic restrictions, the team members said, “It was a challenge to learn and apply skills without going to the college, but with the guidance of faculty advisors, Nafees Ahmad and Syed Fahad Anwer and mentoring by senior students, the daunting task of designing the vehicle that could run on human power, but also has an electric plug-in became easy.”
Congratulating the team, Mohammad Muzammil, chairman, department of Mechanical Engineering, said that the achievement will motivate the other students to follow the footsteps of Team Green Warriors.
The team members were trained after a rigorous screening for the selection, said Yogesh Kumar, student-chairperson, SAE ZHCET Club.