An Indian electric two-wheeler manufacturer wanted to map the existing e-rickshaw infrastructure in Delhi. To get a comprehensive idea of the infrastructure, the following aspects needed to be monitored:
E-rickshaw routes: Existing charging and service stations
Electric rickshaws operating in Delhi
The project was split into three stages:
In the first stage, a mobile application was developed for data collection and reporting system (MIS dashboard). The application developed was used to collect data on e-rickshaw routes and at preferred charging stations during both peak and lean hours.
During the second phase, a mobile app-based Live survey was conducted wherein an enumerator would take an e-rickshaw ride from Point A to Point B. The tracker in the application would be started once the enumerator got into the e-rickshaw and stopped at the end of the ride. During several such rides, the newly developed application extracted the latitudinal and longitudinal points on the routes the enumerator travelled at regular intervals. The reporting system (MIS dashboard) plotted these routes on a map along with other elements, including metro stations, the length of the route taken and time stamps acting as a parameter.
In the third and final phase, a survey on charging and service stations was conducted. Information was collected and mapped to understand the commercial viability of the e-rickshaw infrastructure in the future.
The 3-step survey helped to identify and map the routes where there is a sizable as well as negligible penetration of e-rickshaws.
In addition, the entire route of Delhi was drawn on a customised map dashboard developed to identify the existing routes, the route length and time.
The survey laid the groundwork for the potential need for charging and service stations, and its utility in supporting the e-rickshaw infrastructure for commercial viability.