Shifting Gears: Astro Motors Navya crosses Umling La Pass

Electric three-wheeler maker Astro Motors has set a new record by taking their electric vehicle, the Astro Navya, to Umling La Pass – the world’s highest motorable road. Umling La is located in Ladakh, and the altitude is 19,024 feet.

Apart from the marketing exercise, by driving their electric three-wheeler to Umling La, Astro Motors have successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the EV. The vehicle can be deployed in a host of regions across India, from the old and steep mountain lands of Ladakh to the extreme heat of Delhi and Gujarat to hilly and extremely high moisture areas of Maharashtra and high traffic zones of Bengaluru.

Capability of the Astro Navya


The three-wheeler cargo vehicle is powered by an electric motor and a 10.2 kWh battery pack. It has a payload capacity of 630 kg and a top speed of 50 km/h. The EV uniquely gets a manual transmission mated to the electric motor.

Drive at Umling La


The Astro Navya was driven by Pratiksha Das, who is India’s first female BEST licensed driver. Apart from the challenges of High Altitude, there was also the difficulty of a very cold climate. However, the thin air and the sub-zero temperatures did not affect the Navya. It was especially because the vehicle was driven with a full-rated payload of 630 kg.

Potential of EV cargo vehicles in India


Given the rising demand for doorstep delivery and the emergence of e-commerce, there is a need for last-mile connectivity for the delivery of cargo. The L5 segment, in which electric cargo vehicles fall, has shown a YoY growth of 101.32%. EVs currently comprise 1% of total sales, and the figure is expected to increase to 2% for the current year. The Government of India has also set a target to increase the adoption of EVs.

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Astro NAVYA, an EV (Electric Vehicle) 3-wheeler, manufactured by an emerging Electric Vehicle Company, Astro Motors, successfully set the record of reaching the world’s highest motorable road at Umling La Pass, located in Ladakh at 19,024 FT. Astro NAVYA was driven by India’s first female B.E.S.T licensed driver Pratiksha Das, backed by a strong team from Astro Motors.

By achieving this feat Astro Motors effectively demonstrated its capabilities of penetrating the EV market with its range of high-performance 3-wheeler cargo vehicles.

Astro NAVYA is designed to cater to various geographical needs within India, right from the cold and steep mountain lands of Ladakh to the extreme heat of Delhi and Gujarat to hilly and extremely high moisture areas of Maharashtra and to high traffic zones of Bengaluru. Astro NAVYA is a 3-wheeler cargo vehicle powered by a 10.2kwh battery with a payload capacity of 630 kgs and a top speed of 50kmph.

Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Vitan Jagada, Founder, Astro Motors said:

We are extremely thrilled about achieving this milestone and are happy to present a product that has demonstrated its capability at the highest level. Even the high altitude of the Ladakh region with thinner air and temperatures sub zero at 1pm did not impact the performance of the vehicle, so this is very encouraging as the drive was carried out with a full payload. We are the only company to have successfully mated a manual gearbox to an electric motor and synchronised the same to maximise the performance and made it available for the public. We are on a mission to create trust in Electric Vehicles for people to transition from ICE vehicles with complete peace of mind and this is the first step in our journey.

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mtinews: Astro Motors NAVYA becomes First 3 Wheeler Electric Vehicle to reach Umling La Pass – Highest Motorable Pass in the World

November 07, 2022; India: Astro NAVYA, an EV (Electric Vehicle) 3 wheeler, manufactured by an emerging Electric Vehicle company, Astro Motors, successfully set the record, of reaching the world’s highest motorable road at Umling La Pass, located in Ladakh at 19,024 FT. By achieving this feat Astro Motors effectively demonstrated its capabilities of penetrating the EV market with its range of high performance 3 wheeler cargo vehicles. Astro NAVYA is designed to cater to various geographical needs within India, right from the cold and steep mountain lands of Ladakh to the extreme heat of Delhi and Gujarat to hilly and extremely high moisture areas of Maharashtra and to high traffic zones of Bengaluru. Astro NAVYA is a 3-wheeler cargo vehicle powered by a 10.2kwh battery with a payload capacity of 630 kgs and a top speed of 50kmph.

Astro NAVYA was driven by India’s first female B.E.S.T licensed driver Pratiksha Das, backed by a strong team from Astro Motors. Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Vitan Jagada, Founder, Astro Motors said, “We are extremely thrilled about achieving this milestone and are happy to present a product that has demonstrated its capability at the highest level. Even the high altitude of the Ladakh region with thinner air and temperatures sub zero at 1pm did not impact the performance of the vehicle, so this is very encouraging as the drive was carried out with a full payload. We are the only company to have successfully mated a manual gearbox to an electric motor and synchronised the same to maximise the performance and made it available for the public. We are on a mission to create trust in Electric Vehicles for people to transition from ICE vehicles with complete peace of mind and this is the first step in our journey.”

“Our first offering falls under the cargo 3 wheeler L5 segment and has been engineered to overcome the challenges being faced by end users and complete with ICE vehicles. Currently Electric vehicle sales comprise of 2% of all automobile sales up from less than 1% last year and the government has set a target to increase this to 30% by 2030 opening up a US$206 Billion opportunity. As per the current data the adoption of 3 wheeler EV’s have seen a YOY growth of 101.32% and with the help of the government backed FAME Policy there is alot of incentive for people to switch to electric as the entire infrastructure required to support the migration to EV’s is coming online PAN India. At Astro Motors we are focused on catering to various segments of the market and also plan to expand our territorial reach globally”, said Mr. Kunal Chandra, Co-founder of Astro Motors.

Hardik Dhanak, Co-founder and industrial designer who played a key role in designing Astro NAVYA added, “We identified the challenges that were being faced by the fleet operators who were deploying Electric 3 wheelers and worked towards bridging the gap by out of the box thinking and engineered the product to meet the clients need and expectation. A cargo vehicle is constantly on the move in different conditions like bad roads, uncertain weather etc. so keeping all factors in mind we achieved the final design and ran multiple tests for clients across the country. We tested Astro NAVYA on the toughest roads, under harshest weather conditions and roughest driving patterns. So The final frontier of Conquering the highest motorable road in the world without any difficulties or breakdowns was a milestone achievement for us and now we are extremely confident about our upcoming designs for future product launches. We are working towards making these extreme drives possible for individual buyers as well by providing unique solutions for their unique requirements.”

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Motown India: ASTRO MOTORS NAVYA IS 1ST ELECTRIC 3-WHEELER TO REACH UMLING LA PASS

Astro Navya, an electric 3 wheeler, manufactured by Astro Motors, successfully set the record, of reaching the world’s highest motorable road at Umling La Pass, located in Ladakh at 19,024 FT. By achieving this feat Astro Motors effectively demonstrated its capabilities of penetrating the EV market with its range of high performance 3 wheeler cargo vehicles.

Astro Navya is designed to cater to various geographical needs within India, right from the cold and steep mountain lands of Ladakh to the extreme heat of Delhi and Gujarat to hilly and extremely high moisture areas of Maharashtra and to high traffic zones of Bengaluru. Astro Navya is a 3-wheeler cargo vehicle powered by a 10.2kwh battery with a payload capacity of 630 kgs and a top speed of 50kmph.

Astro Navya was driven by India’s first female B.E.S.T licensed driver Pratiksha Das, backed by a strong team from Astro Motors. Commenting on this achievement, Vitan Jagada, Founder, Astro Motors said, “We are extremely thrilled about achieving this milestone and are happy to present a product that has demonstrated its capability at the highest level. Even the high altitude of the Ladakh region with thinner air and temperatures sub zero at 1pm did not impact the performance of the vehicle, so this is very encouraging as the drive was carried out with a full payload. We are the only company to have successfully mated a manual gearbox to an electric motor and synchronised the same to maximise the performance and made it available for the public. We are on a mission to create trust in Electric Vehicles for people to transition from ICE vehicles with complete peace of mind and this is the first step in our journey.”

“Our first offering falls under the cargo 3 wheeler L5 segment and has been engineered to overcome the challenges being faced by end users and complete with ICE vehicles. Currently electric vehicle sales comprise of 2% of all automobile sales up from less than 1% last year and the government has set a target to increase this to 30% by 2030 opening up a US $206 billion opportunity. As per the current data the adoption of 3 wheeler EV’s have seen a YOY growth of 101.32% and with the help of the government backed FAME Policy there is alot of incentive for people to switch to electric as the entire infrastructure required to support the migration to EV’s is coming online pan India. At Astro Motors we are focused on catering to various segments of the market and also plan to expand our territorial reach globally”, said Kunal Chandra, Co-founder of Astro Motors.

Hardik Dhanak, Co-founder and industrial designer who played a key role in designing Astro Navya added, “We identified the challenges that were being faced by the fleet operators who were deploying electric 3 wheelers and worked towards bridging the gap by out of the box thinking and engineered the product to meet the clients need and expectation. A cargo vehicle is constantly on the move in different conditions like bad roads, uncertain weather, etc. so keeping all factors in mind we achieved the final design and ran multiple tests for clients across the country. We tested Astro Navya on the toughest roads, under harshest weather conditions and roughest driving patterns. So The final frontier of Conquering the highest motorable road in the world without any difficulties or breakdowns was a milestone achievement for us and now we are extremely confident about our upcoming designs for future product launches. We are working towards making these extreme drives possible for individual buyers as well by providing unique solutions for their unique requirements.”

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Financial Express: Astro Motors’ electric three-wheeler reaches highest motorable pass

The electric cargo loader is powered by a 10.2 kWh battery and can carry up to 630 kgs with its top speed governed at 50kmph.

Astro Navya, an electric three-wheeler, manufactured by Astro Motors, a Mumbai-based EV manufacturer has successfully set the record of reaching the world’s highest motorable road at Umling La Pass, located in Ladakh at 19,024 feet.

The electric cargo loader is powered by a 10.2 kWh battery and can carry up to 630 kgs with its top speed governed at 50kmph.

Backed by a team from Astro Motors, India’s first female B.E.S.T licensed driver Pratiksha Das achieved the feat.

Vitan Jagada, Founder, Astro Motors said, “Even the high altitude of the Ladakh region with thinner air and temperatures sub zero at 1pm did not impact the performance of the vehicle, so this is very encouraging as the drive was carried out with a full payload,”

“We have successfully mated a manual gearbox to an electric motor and synchronised the same to maximise the performance.”, he added.

Kunal Chandra, Co-founder, Astro Motors said, “Currently, EV sales comprise 2% of all automobile sales, up from less than 1% last year, and the government has set a target to increase this to 30% by 2030 opening up a US$206 Billion opportunity,”

“As per the current data, the adoption of 3 wheeler EVs has seen a YOY growth of 101.32% and with the help of the government backed FAME Policy there is a lot of incentive for people to switch to electric.”

Hardik Dhanak, Co-founder and industrial designer, Astro Navya said, “We tested Astro NAVYA on the toughest roads, under harshest weather conditions and roughest driving patterns,”

“So the final frontier of conquering the highest motorable road in the world without any difficulties or breakdowns was a milestone achievement for us and now we are extremely confident about our upcoming designs for future product launches.”

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