Hyderabad: She is smitten by wheels — whether it is a bicycle, a bike or a car. She is fascinated by their functioning, and loves to work on them, altering and adding new features, adding a dash of eco-friendliness to them.
In fact, Hyderabad-based youngster Ch. Ramya Priya has innovated with a moped and converted it into a hybrid bike which runs not only on petrol but also on battery. The Secunderabad resident spent years learning about vehicle modification. Using her knowledge, she modified a 1994 model TVS XL by wrapping, changing its exterior fittings, seat and equipping it with a motor that is suitable for both fuel and battery.
So adept is Ramya with her innovation streak that the TVS moped was given a new shape and motor, and converted into a hybrid machine in just seven days. “With a three-hour charge, this hybrid bike runs for 50 km,” she says.
After her schooling in the city, Ramya joined Periyar University in Tamil Nadu to pursue BBA. Her mother runs a travel agency and father is a retired employee of BHEL. It was he who encouraged Ramya’s innovation from the beginning. “I have been fascinated with bikes and cars since my childhood. As I pursued a one-year technical course in automotive interior and exterior modifications at Airnox Institute, Delhi, it became easy to make the hybrid bike,” she says.
Ramya had an opportunity of working with a startup that makes electric bikes in the UK. She even has her brother settled there. “But, I refused it. I want to show my innovations in our country,” she says.
This is not the first that the 28-year-old came up with innovations. Last year, she made an electric pedal bike and that too in just three days. “It is a bike and when it runs out of charge, it can be pedaled like a bicycle,” she explains.
Now, Ramya is keen on working on multipurpose vehicles which can be used in districts. “As these vehicles are cost-effective, they can be helpful for postmen, food delivery boys and in dairy farms. I am looking for support from the State government for bringing out more such eco-friendly bikes,” she says, stressing the need to start shifting to vehicles that are eco-friendly.