Tadpole Project is a IIT Delhi incubated company that helps vintage cars run on batteries Established by Jawaad Khan, the company does EV retrofitting.
Electric cars (EVs) are popular. Almost every automobile business in the world has introduced electric vehicles, either on the road or for sale.
But what happens to Internal Combustion (IC) cars that are currently on the road, as well as historical vehicles designed for these engines? Tadpole Projects believes it can assist in this area.
Jawaad Khan founded the company in 2020 to conduct EV retrofitting.
Jaawad explains, “We’re transforming automobiles, and we started with an antique car. Our first automobile was a Volkswagen Beetle,”
While getting a historic automobile retrofitted is difficult, making sure it works is much more difficult. This is due to the difficulty in obtaining spare components for antique vehicles.
“We identified the problem and began to provide a solution,” Jawaad says.
Tadpole Projects has converted 15 automobiles in various categories such as antique, passenger, logistic, and luxury. It is now focusing on heavy-duty trucks.
A personal car can be operated for 15 years under the country’s Motor Vehicle Acts. After this time, it is expected that existing cars would contaminate the environment at a quicker rate than new automobiles.
The National Green Tribunal, an environmental protection authority, issued a notice in 2015 declaring that diesel cars older than ten years should be prohibited from roadways in the Delhi-NCR region. These cars’ owners may now avoid this order by upgrading their engines to electric kits.
In essence, changing these vehicles to electric would give them an additional five to seven years on the road.
Jawaad says, “This is where we discover that people are hurting, and they want a solution there. That’s why we came up with a solution, and we have a lot of clients.”
Retrofitting may possibly emerge as a viable solution to accelerate the transition to mass EV adoption.
According to Transparency Market Research, the worldwide automotive retrofit electric vehicle powertrain market will be worth $58.89 billion in 2021. It is expected to expand at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1% between 2022 and 2031, reaching $117.9 billion by the end of 2031.
Jaawad explains, “Our solution is that no matter how we manufacture the automobile, the originality of the car remains the same. Simply remove the package and reinstall your engine.”
The firm is currently concentrating on the Indian market, with a few Australian clients as well. Except for heavier trucks, Tadpole’s EV kit may be utilized for any vehicle. It serves three market categories, including vintage, luxury, fleet, and defense vehicles.