November 15th 2018, India: An inaugural session was organized by the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and industry (IFCCI) at IIM Bangalore on 14th November in the presence of Shri. K.J George the Honbl. Minister for Large and Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka, which included a panel discussion among industry experts.
In the summer of 2016, with an aim to create awareness and sensitize people about the importance and need of sustainable clean renewable energy and electric mobility, Sushil Reddy, an IIT Bombay alumnus, initiated a movement called “The SunPedal Ride”. Sushil rode a solar powered electric bicycle across 9 states in 79 days and 7424 kms and delivered seminars via public speaking and community engagement on solar energy. There was a support crew comprising of Rajendra Bhaskar, Krunal Tailor and Himanshu Singh. This environmental awareness cause to promote sustainability was a Guinness and Limca World Record for the longest journey on a solar powered electric bicycle. The SunPedal Ride initiative was inaugurated in IIT Bombay by Mr. Brijesh Nair, Project Director of Intersolar India.
The SunPedal Ride has traveled more than 13000 kilometers using only renewable energy so far in India, France, California and Iceland. Now, Sushil will be riding a solar powered electric bicycle for 15 days from 26th November to 10th December in Bengaluru visiting schools, universities and corporate organizations where he will be interacting with people about the clean energy scenario in India and showcasing the concept of using renewable energy to power electric vehicles. This is the fifth edition of ‘The SunPedal Ride’ initiative. The solar powered electric bicycle will be demonstrated during interactions with people throughout the journey and it will be kept on display at Intersolar India expo from 11th to 13th December at BIEC for visitors to learn about electric vehicles. A support vehicle – Electric Vehicle Mahindra e2o by Zoomcar will accompany Sushil during his journey in Bengaluru.