Anand Mahindra plans to support a startup that designs unique wheelchairs for people with disabilities

Indian business tycoon Anand Mahindra came to support an indigenous battery powered wheelchair vehicle called “NeoBolt”. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras research team led by Professor Sujatha Srinivasan from the Department of Mechanical Engineering launched the vehicle through a startup NeoMotion.

Anand Mahindra in his tweet called out NeoMotion, the Chennai-based company dedicated to providing greater mobility for people with disabilities and announced that he plans to support them.

Tweeting the video, Mahindra wrote, “They demoed the device and as you can see it’s simple, well designed and environmentally friendly. More than their ingenuity, I was impressed by their commitment to make a startup that does good as well as it does well. I intend to support them. “

NeoBolt, equipped with a lithium-ion battery, can travel up to 25 km per charge at a maximum speed of 25 km / h and offers users a convenient, safe and economical mode of outdoor mobility compared to other vehicles, a press release said here on Monday.

Researchers have collaborated extensively with various organizations and hospitals and built the product based on user experiences and making constant design adjustments.

Swostik Sourav Dash, former student of IIT-M, also co-founder of the start-up, is the general manager of “NeoMotion”.

The company’s custom NeoFly wheelchair was available at ??39 900 while the motorized NeoBolt additional module ??55,000. Users can pre-book their orders at for ??1,000 by registering on the company’s website.

Srinivasan, who is also faculty director of the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), said, “The vision of our center is to transform the disability landscape in India by creating functional devices. and affordable. Wheelchair users are generally limited to the four walls of their home, which affects their community participation.

“NeoMotion, the R2D2 startup incubated at IIT-Madras, is here to transform the landscape with revolutionary, world-class wheelchair products designed and manufactured in India for India and the world,” Srinivasan added. .

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