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.
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.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.