Bajaj Avenger 220 motorcycle converted into a hybrid motorcycle
Two-wheelers and electric cars are gaining popularity in India and across the world. Range anxiety is one of the main issues that most electric vehicle users face during the first few days of electric car ownership. In order to solve this problem, a vlogger has now found a solution. He actually converted his gasoline motorcycle to a hybrid motorcycle. The whole motorcycle conversion process is shown in the video.
The video was uploaded by Creative Etc. on their YouTube channel. The video begins with a vlogger showing off the kit he received for the conversion. He has a Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruiser motorcycle. As part of the conversion, he starts by removing the front wheels. The front forks, fenders and wheels have all been removed. He then unpacks the packaging and pulls out the alloy wheel that comes with the hub motor.
This setup allows him to make only minimal changes to the existing bike setup. Some changes were made to the forks so that the new wheel with hub motor could fit in smoothly. After making changes, the fork was painted black to give it a uniform look. After that, he headed for the disc brake. Bajaj Avenger comes with a front disc brake. The disc plate that came with the electric setup was small and the caliper couldn’t fit into it. So the vlogger cuts the inner mount points on the smaller disc and welds it with the original Bajaj Avenger disc plate.
This way the brakes worked well and the vlogger didn’t make any major changes to the front end. Once the wheel was installed, he headed for the battery. As this is a motorcycle and not a scooter, there is no underseat storage for the batteries. He then decided to install the batteries on the right side of the grab bar. For this, he chose a number of lithium-ion batteries and combined them into a single battery.
He packed the batteries properly and the connection of the cells was also done with care. The vlogger then went ahead and made a case for the battery using sheet metal. He made the case out of metal and also painted it black. The batteries have been placed and secured using old inner tubes so that the batteries do not move or shake vigorously while riding. The wires were then neatly tucked under the body panels and a separate metal box under the oil cooler was fabricated where the bike’s controller and charging port were installed. The throttle cable has also been modified to work in both petrol and electric mode.
A digital meter was placed on the handlebars to read the power. Connections were also made with the motorcycle’s original ignition switch. There was a separate switch for electric mode. The rider simply needs to turn on the key and turn on the switch to activate the electric drive mode. Vlogger does not mention the autonomy of the motorcycle in electric mode. If the rider wishes to switch to gasoline, they can simply do so by disabling the electric mode and starting the motorcycle like any other motorcycle. It is unclear whether the electric motor and gasoline engine can work at the same time or not.