Hyderabad-based startup Cellestial E-Mobility has rolled out its first e-tractor prototype, which is equipped with features such as battery swapping, regenerative braking, power inversion (use the tractor to power a UPS), charging from residential AC outlet and fast charging, which could benefit agriculture and goods carriage market.
The company plans to roll out 100 tractors in the next six months. In the first year of production, the company expects to make 1,200 vehicles and build 8,000 tractors in the next three years and further increase its production capacity in Balanagar industrial area. Most of the vehicle is indigenously made but cells are coming from the US at present.
The company began its operations in May 2019 and raised a round of investment of $200,000 funding from Singapore based angel investor. The company plans to raise $6 million by September and is in talks with European and domestic investors.
Unveiling the vehicle, Siddhartha Durairajan, co-founder, Cellestial E- Mobility said, “The e-tractor is engineered to be a zero-emission environment-friendly tractor for horticultural or greenhouse works or moving goods within factories, warehouses and to haul baggage in airports. Besides, the 6HP electric tractor (equivalent to 21HP diesel tractor) is equipped with residential power socket charging and battery-swapping enabled.”
The company will tap markets such as Telangana, AP and Tamil Nadu to start with. It will also cater to the northern market utilising FAME II scheme by arranging contract manufacturing set up in Gujarat.
“The Cellestial e-tractor can cover up to 75kms on a single charge, with max power of 18 HP and 53 NM peak torque and reaches a speed of up to 20 kmph. It recharges in six hours with the company’s proprietary residential charger at any conventional single-phase 16 Amps outlet and with an industrial infrastructure setup, it can fast-charge in two hours flat,” said Syed Mubasheer Ali, co-founder, Cellestial E-Mobility.
The running cost of a conventional 21HP diesel tractor is roughly around Rs 150 per hour while for the Cellestial’s tractor, it will be around Rs 20-35 per hour. While the diesel tractors would cost about Rs 6.25 lakh, the company’s e-tractor will cost around Rs 5 lakh.