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Doorstep Car Disinfection Done Right

With the constant lockdown extensions and quarantine, everything around us came to a standstill – including the vehicles that we drove almost every day. While most of us adapted to the new regimes, we parked our cars and left them until it was legal to drive them again. However, with the Government easing up restrictions and containment zones opening up, our long idle cars are bound to be in a bad state. To counter this dilemma, GoBumpr came up with the perfect solution: the new At Home Car Disinfection Package that is available right at your doorstep.

Bundled in the affordable price of just Rs. 1,999, the package offers multiple services essential to getting your car back on the road in perfect shape completely sanitized, checked and cleaned.

What does the package include?

1. Complete Exterior and Interior Cleaning are inclusive of water wash, interior blow cleaning, vacuuming and wheel arch cleaning.

2. Interior and Exterior Sanitation process for door handles, dicky handle, diesel tank cap and door glasses, steering wheel and gear lever knob, all seats and floor mats, door trim and handles, dashboard, roof handle and lights, hand brake lever, dashboard switches and console.

3. Complete AC Vents Cleaning and Disinfection to prevent the AC from circulating the stale dead air inside the cabin that can carry germs.

4. A 60-Point General Check-Up is inclusive of coolant check, engine oil, gear oil, differential oil, battery voltage and battery SP gravity check, tyre wear and tear check using depth gauge, tyre pressure check and under-chassis check. The technician will provide comprehensive feedback on the nature of work that needs to be carried out in the car.

5. Complete Electrical Check for all exterior and interior lights.

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Safety Measures Undertaken:
Apart from the impressive services offered, GoBumpr is fully aware that customers could be highly hesitant to book a doorstep package during a pandemic. The company has incorporated, adapted and trained all staff, technicians and garage partners in the safety measures, rules and regulations proposed by the World Health Organization as well as the Government of India.

Technician’s daily temperature check
The technicians’ temperature is checked frequently before and after the pick-up and delivery of a vehicle.

Protective Gear
Bodysuit, face masks and gloves and hand sanitizers are provided for all technicians and worn at all times.

Contactless Service and Social Distancing
The vehicle’s key will be kept in the ignition switch/dashboard/pouch to avoid person-to-person contact.

Online Payment
To prevent contact and maintain social distancing at all times, only Online & UPI methods of payment like GooglePay / BHIM / Paytm will be accepted. There will be no cash payment.

Aarogya Setu Covid-19 Live Tracker App
All partners are advised to install and use the Aarogya Setu Covid-19 Live Tracker App for their own safety and the safety of our customers, which is our top priority.

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Women Who Revolutionised the Automotive Industry

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to showcase how women have changed the automotive industry. When it comes to vehicles, people are inclined to think of Jamsetji Tata, Henry Ford and other famous men who are behind the most recognisable car brands on the market today. But what many people don’t know is that women are the ones behind many of the revolutionary innovations that forever altered the way we drive and view cars. Over the decades, women have taken huge strides into an industry that is undoubtedly male dominated.

1) Bertha Benz
The business partner and wife of automobile inventor Karl Benz, on 5 August 1888, Bertha Benz was the first person to embark on a motorised journey over a long distance in the history of the automobile. She drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim with her two sons in the Patent Motor Car built by her husband Carl Benz. But she didn’t stop there! Along the trip, Bertha realised the need for brake pads to help the brakes operate to their full potential, becoming the woman behind their invention!

2) Shila Dawre
Shutting down all stereotypes, Shila Dawre became India’s first woman auto driver. With just Rs.12 in hand, she left her hometown and went to Pune to start her incredible journey as a driver. Dawre is recorded in the Limca Book of World Records as the first woman auto-rickshaw driver in the country.

3) Suzanne RD Tata
The wife of Indian businessman Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, Suzanne is known for being the first woman in India to drive a car, in 1905.

4) Vasanthakumari
Vasanthakumari started driving at the age of 14 when she didn’t even have a license while fighting patriarchy and poverty. She went on to become the first female driver with the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation in 1993 with a heavy vehicle license.

5) Mary Barra
Starting her career with General Motors in 1980, Mary Barra started off as a General Motors Institute co-op student. In 2014, within her thirty-nine year career, Barra rose to the role of CEO. She became the first-ever female CEO of a major automaker.

Not only have women fought the patriarchy in the automotive industry, they have also made huge contributions and innovations that made vehicles better and safer.

1.Car Heaters
The next time you get a chill and turn on the heater in your car, you have Margaret Wilcox to thank. She was one of the few female mechanical engineers in the late 1800s and invented a way to direct the warm air from over the engines back into the car.

2. Non-reflective windows
What we know today as non-reflective windows to reduce glare, is thanks to the discovery of Katharine Blodgett. A physicist and chemist at General Electric, Blodgett discovered a way to create an “invisible” glass surface. Her technology was used for camera lenses, movie projectors, submarine periscopes, eyeglasses, computer screens and, of course, windshields.

3. Windshield Wipers
After witnessing trolley drivers stopping to get out and wipe snow or rain from their windows, Mary Anderson designed a manual lever that operated a wiper from inside the car.

4. GPS And Wi-Fi
Invented in the 1940s for use as a secret wartime communication system that could keep the enemy from interfering with a ship’s torpedoes, American-Austrian film actress Hedy Lamarr was responsible for inventing the technology that made GPS and Wi-Fi possible eventually giving us internet-enabled cars.

Growth of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in India

The growth of the electric vehicle industry in India directly depends on the availability or shortage of charging stations in the country. As part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India programme, the government has approved a plan to establish 2,636 charging stations throughout the country to further encourage the use of EVs and produce high adoption by 2030 in India.

According to this report, of the 2,636 stations:

  1. Rapid charging stations = 1,633
  2. Maharashtra = 317
  3. Andhra Pradesh = 266
  4. Tamil Nadu = 256
  5. Uttar Pradesh = 207
  6. Rajasthan = 205
  7. Delhi and Chandigarh = around 70

It is expected that at least one charging station will be available in most of the selected cities in a grid of 4 km x 4 km. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), an energy service provider owned by the Indian government is all set to collaborate with engineering group Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to build electric-vehicle charging stations throughout India.

Various community charging stations and businesses are taking on the initiative of increasing the accessibility of these stations. Tata Power established the first set of Electric Vehicle charging stations in Mumbai and are now present in Delhi and Hyderabad.

PluginIndia wants to popularize the concept of community charging stations with the idea for businesses/resorts/vacation homes etc, that are at a distance of 40-70 km around cities, to setup normal 15 Amp charge points or Smart EVSE for electric cars and next-generation electric bikes. Having successfully set up 257 Community Charging Stations across India, they have developed a mobile app by the community for the community, complete with Google Maps integration.

RE:CHARGE INDIA App Features

  1. Find electric vehicle charge points near your location
  2. Browse electric vehicle charge points on a Map
  3. Search for charge points
  4. View electric vehicle charge points details
  5. Get driving directions from your location to an electric vehicle charge point
  6. Call phone number directly from the app
  7. Report an electric vehicle charge point
  8. Add a new electric vehicle charge point

Get the App:
Android – Recharge India – EV Charging points map

App Store – RE:CHARGE

All of these efforts have one goal – that easier access would encourage more use; and the faster that EVs become a trend, the better for the environment.

Tamil Nadu Day

On November 1, 2019, six decades since the Linguistic Reorganisation of States in 1956, Tamil Nadu state formation day – Tamil Nadu Day – was celebrated.

A little bit of history:

The history of Tamil Nadu begins from the mid-17th century to 1946, with British-controlled Madras Presidency and the rise and fall of British power in India. After India’s independence in 1947, the Madras Presidency became the Madras State. In 1953, Madras was divided; the Telugu-speaking areas separated and formed part of the new state of Andhra Pradesh. With other areas making up the new state of Kerala and some becoming part of Mysore, in 1956. Officially the Madras State was formed on November 1st, 1956 and it was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968.

Fun Trivia about Tamil Nadu: Did you know?

  • Tamil is the official language of this state, as well as Sri Lanka and Singapore.
  • Tamil is the first Indian language to attain Classical Language status by UNESCO
  • The Brihadeswara temple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu is the World’s first granite temple
  • Kallanai Dam, also known as the Grand Anicut, is the oldest dam in India constructed around 100 BC and the first dam in the world built across the Kaveri River in Trichy. The dam is still functioning to this day.
  • Subramanya Temple is the oldest temple in Tamil Nadu. It was uncovered in 2005, after being uncovered by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami waves. Archaeologists discovered rock inscriptions close to the hamlet of Saluvankuppam,
  • The Tamil language holds the spot of oldest living language, since the oldest language, Latin, is no longer in use. It is also the only language that is personified as a god.
  • Chennai’s Marina Beach is the second longest urban beach in the world, stretching for 6km
  • Higginbothams Book Shop on Mount Road, Chennai, is India’s first and oldest book shop started in 1844
  • The game of Snooker was invented at the Ootacamund club in Ooty in 1875
  • Chennai is nicknamed the “Detroit of Asia”, or the “Detroit of India”, due to the major automobile manufacturing units and industries around the city. The 4-wheeler vehicles in Chennai is the base of 30% of India’s automobile industry and 35% of its automobile component industry

There is no denying that Tamil Nadu is rich in culture, diversity, tradition, art, cuisine and many, many more attributes that make it the beautiful land that it is. We are indeed proud to be Tamilian!
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