Pune: What will you do if you get an old scrap car? Where many of us have limited creativity here, the students of the dual apprenticeship programme launched by Volkswagen India converted a scrap car to a new and compact fire fighting car for the company’s Pune plant. The fire-fighting car is a part of their final year project which got a lot of buzz for its usability and design.
The Chakan Plant in Pune uses heavy vehicles for their internal fire fighting system. “Heavy vehicles have two major problems. First they cannot enter every area of the industry because of the space requirement and second, they have three times the fuel consumption than light weighed cars,” said Rajiv Mitra, one of the apprentice involved in the project.
The students after observing this problem, consulted the fire fighting department of the company and decided go ahead with the project. Vijayan KT, the head of the apprenticeship programme said, “The students decided on the project and we helped them with the design and technical part of it. The best part is that none of the apprentices invested any money. They have recycled everything and hand-worked on the car.”
Though, there were hurdles with a large input from the apprentices as well as the company, the end model of the car was greatly appreciated. Made out of a scrap Vento and the unwanted parts of other car models, the car is suitable for any organisational or industrial fire fighting system. “We made the car in such a way that it can be suited to the industrial purpose. It can carry all the fire fighting equipment and is beneficial for patrolling purpose. It can move around in any area of the industry as it does not need much space,” added another apprentice, Anshuman Shrivastav.
The ‘compact fire fighting car’ also has an ecofriendly aspect to it. The car uses less fuel as compared to the heavy vehicles used for this purpose and therefore, has less effect on the environment. Apprentice Sonal Hinge said, “When designing any car, fuel efficiency is the priority because of environmental awareness. We too, have kept it as a priority. When designing the car we have reduced its weight which has in turn improved the fuel efficiency.”