Jayant Gowda, a delivery personnel with food-tech startup Swiggy in Bengaluru, recently test drove an electric-assistive bicycle during his daily rounds. The result: His deliveries doubled with minimum effort.

Gowda is among 350 delivery personnel working for companies such as Swiggy, BigBasket and Ekart who have signed up to buy these bicycles from Hyderabad-based electric vehicles startup Gayam Motor Works (GMW). They have the option to pay in monthly instalments.

Started by two brothers, Raja and Rahul Gayam, in 2010, GMW’s first electric vehicle was an auto-rickshaw. The company is presently developing an electric four-wheeler as well. It was while pursuing a Master’s degree at University College London around 2008 that Raja Gayam noticed the functioning and benefits of the electric vehicles around him and began toying with the idea of bringing the technology to India.

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