A ‘jugaad’ by a small-town man Vivek Patel claims to double the mileage of two wheelers and cut petrol cost by half. Recently petrol prices in the country have completed the century and most states are reporting petrol price to be above Rs. 100. While politicians are playing the blame game and resorting to inconclusive protests, Indians have resorted to age old technique of jugaad to find a way out of the situation.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Jugaad’ is a Hindi colloquial term which means-
“an innovative fix or a simple work-around, a solution that bends the rules, or a resource that can be used in such a way.”
A jugaad is a simple hack & a creative workaround. A man from the small town of Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh is the epitome of the word jugaad.
Vivek received reward from UP Chief Minister
40-year-old Vivek Patel works in the field of shuttering to make his ends meet, but his true passion is in the world of automotive technology. In his spare time, the man works on 2-wheeler fuel technology and identifies ways to increase the average of two-wheeler. Although his education is limited to only 12th class, his efforts in the world of technology has amassed him a lot of respect from the locals and even helped him earn Rs. 25,000 by the regional Science and Technology department. He was awarded the sum by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath back in 2018.
How does fuel injection work?
Now that we know who Vivek is, let’s shift our focus back on his new innovation which can apparently double the mileage of 2-wheelers. According to a report by Jagran, Vivek made changes to the way his two-wheeler made use fuel injection. Experts state that through fuel injection the fuel in a two wheeler reaches its engine.
What was the ‘jugaad’ Vivek applied?
With regards to this, Vivek says that beneath the carburetor jet there is a small orifice of approximately 2 mm. Through this orifice the petrol gets vaporized and enters the engine. However, Vivek states that in this process most of the petrol gets wasted. With some research, some experimentation and a lot of trial & error, he found out that if the 2 mm orifice is closed and instead of that, 2 smaller holes of 1 mm size are made, the petrol will not get wasted as much.
With the idea in his mind, Vivek implemented the innovation and put it to test.
“Efficient fuel consumption, increase in mileage, decrease in CO2 emissions”: IIT Professor
According to Dr. Rashmi Sahu, Automobile Expert & Mechanical Engineering associate professor at IIT-BHU, Vivek’s jugaad of turning the carbonator system into fuel injection will be extremely beneficial in near future.
“Through this technique, the droplets of fuel are smaller in size and start spreading into the engine much faster. Thanks to that, fuel consumption is efficient and mileage also increases. In this technique, when one kick starts their vehicle, they will not face the issue of heating and cooling as well. Further, carbon dioxide will also release in a lesser quantity. I am of the believe that if automobile industry implements this technique, they will find themselves on a better place.”