By Snehil Singh

According to the ICCT, about 50% of India’s vehicular emissions come from vehicles that are more than 10 years old. A 2015 survey by GIZ and Central Pollution Control Board estimated that 87 lakh vehicles reached End-of-Life (ELV) status by 2015. The ELV projection for 2025 is estimated to be nearly 2.18 crore. Currently, BS III and BS IV vehicles largely dominate the vehicle fleet across India with BS I and BS II vehicles continuing in varied proportions.

To contain vehicular pollution, the government plans to ensure; 1) newer vehicles on the road are cleaner (India recently…

By Anish Michael

What does soybean have to do with a car? Well, in 1941, Henry Ford attempted to bring farming closer to the automobile industry and built a car made out of soybean! His goal was to make use of renewable products to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency and circumvent the metal shortage resulting from World War II.

Mystery still surrounds the actual composition used to build the car, however, theories swing between the use of soybeans, wheat, hemp, flax and ramie to just soybean fibre in a formaldehyde mix. Safe to say some form of soybean was…

By Yash Narain

Source: Atlas Obscura. (DINODIA PHOTOS/ALAMY)

In an era of pervasive standardisation and incessant cross country communication, it is well-nigh unimaginable to picture a world with each major city having its own local time. Yet, until several decades into the 19th century most cities set their clocks by the movement of the sun. Bombay, for instance, differed with neighbouring Poona by seven minutes.

Before the advent of high speed rail transport, travellers rarely encountered problems on this front. One could simply adjust their watch as one walked or rode in a carriage to a different town. The railways, however, began to shrink travel…

By Shilpi Samantray

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Electric vehicles are ushering in a paradigm shift in mobility, not only redefining transportation as a whole but quickening the pace of the evolution of how people commute, towards a more sustainable future. This shift, bolstered by a series of policy initiatives like the recent FAME II amendment that are setting the stage for a smooth transition, can be the catalyst for India to accelerate its EV adoption. Added benefits of lower running and maintenance costs, and macro benefits of reduced pollution and import dependency on fossil fuels, will further accelerate EV proliferation in India.

Estimates suggest…

By Shilpi Samantray

Source: Google images

Have you ever imagined how convenient it will be if we can have our EVs charged whenever and wherever we want?

A Mobile EV Charger is a portable energy storage device which can be easily transported to the desired location to charge a vehicle and get back to the source to recharge. They eliminate the need for the EV user to drive to the charging station and the additional wait time to recharge the vehicle. This makes EV charging feasible at home, office, mall or any place else where you can park the car.

This technology has…

By Divya Chirayath


Most of us would have come across the symbol of a stick figure sitting on a wheelchair in public spaces.

In its original form, this was a Danish design student’s winning submission to Rehabilitation International’s call for proposals for a universal symbol of accessibility for wheelchair users. The initial design was a simple stick figure on the axis of a wheel, later modified to add a head at the top in response to concerns over the letter-like appearance of the symbol. The modified symbol was then incorporated by the ISO as the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA).

By Chhavi Banswal

Waiting area at Stockholm Central Station. Photo credit: Johan Berhin, 2013.

As the world scrambles towards renewable sources like wind and the sun to meet its energy needs, Stockholm has decided to turn to its population instead — using humans as a source of heat. Jerhusen, a Swedish real estate company, uses technology to harvest surplus body heat from commuters at Stockholm Central Station, to channel it to another building.

According to scientists, a resting human gives off approximately 100–120 Watts of energy. The Station sees an average footfall of 2,50,000 commuters a day, not just passing through but also browsing across shops and spending time at eateries…

By Chhavi Banswal

A ‘cow walk’ for pedestrians in A Coruña, Spain, Source: Diarrio de Ferrol 2018

For Spanish city A Coruña, the traditional black and white zebra crosswalks are a passé. Situated in the Galicia region, well-known for being the primary supplier of milk in Spain, the City has been commemorating the Friesian cow with a patchy ‘cow walk’ since 2018.

The city officials reasoned that the north-western region had no zebras, so the traditional zebra crossings did not represent their culture. However, the significance of these cow walks may well go beyond symbolism.

Today, non-traditional pedestrian crossings are beginning to make a mark in different regions — be it the abstract black-yellow…

By Divya Chirayath

NK Firodia showing the auto-rickshaw to Jawaharlal Nehru, Source: Force Motors

The auto-rickshaw is the first instance of product innovation in independent India.

A few months before India gained independence, the deplorable condition of India’s rickshaw pullers was raised by some leaders in a Bombay Legislative Assembly session in 1947. Morarji Desai, the then Home Minister for Bombay, strongly recommended the discontinuation of hand-pulled rickshaws.

Navalmal Firodia, an industrialist and a freedom fighter, who was exploring ways to motorise the rickshaw, spotted ads of three-wheeled vehicles manufactured by Piaggio, used to deliver goods to bakeries and florists in Europe. His company, Jaya Hind Industries, partnered with Bachhraj Trading…

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