The E-Diggi is a brainchild of Ador Digatron, a joint venture between Ador Powertron and Digatron Power Electronics from Germany, which is headed by Ravin Mirchandani in India.
There’s something about vintage and classic cars! The lines, the coachwork and the sheer class that they ooze, is something that is difficult for modern cars to match. And one such car is the E-Diggi. On the outside, it is a beautiful classic, a 1954 Fiat Millecento but it is the inside, wherein lies a twist! Ador Digatron, a Pune-based specialist in energy storage, e-mobility and batteries, decided it will be a good idea to turn the gorgeous Fiat Millecento into a mascot for the company and electrification in general.
|Battery Capacity||10 kWh|
|Electric Motor Capacity||21 kW|
|Top Speed||60-70 kmph|
It is true! Ador Digatron believes the E-Diggi (Diggi is short for Digatron) will do its bit to get the conversation about electrification going, especially with classic and vintage vehicles and strict rules around them running on roads. The story behind the build is as beautiful as the car, if not more! It was in possession of a French gentleman, who made his living as a baker in Pune, Maharashtra.
He found the 1954 Fiat on a highway, in a not-so-good condition, but decided to restore the car to its full glory and beauty, going to the length of the car repainted in original colours, 68 years after it was manufactured, putting a Premier Padmini engine under the hood to turn it in to road-going vintage car.
But the French gentleman had to move back to France and that’s when Ador Digatron stepped in and bought the car and began retrofitting it with an electric motor, battery and the works, a lockdown project, if you will. Different teams came together and began the process of electrifying the Fiat. First, the internal combustion engine was dismantled, the floor was re-purposed to fit a propulsion system that used a battery pack and an electric motor.
The fuel tank and lines were done away with. Then, the car was given a fresh lick of paint along with the chrome bits getting some love too. Lastly, lithium-ion battery pack was fitted in the boot of the Millecento while the motor went up front, under the bonnet. The initial tune of the motor proved to be a little too powerful and the car was fitted with adequate brakes that matched the power output.
The final result was a vintage car that stood right on the cusp of old-school nostalgia and a strong whiff of modernity. A cutesy, charming, heart-warming Fiat from ‘1950s, turned into an electric vehicle, that the company hopes will do its job as a mascot and educate the average road-goer on electrification.
Photos Courtesy: Energizing India.TV
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