(From left) Engineers test the
Free Electric bicycle
prototype; Manoj Bhargava.
C A P TA I N
THERE’S A GLIMMER OF
that make a difference. Enter: The
MADNESS IN BILLIONAIRE
Free Electric, which, when
pedalled for 60 minutes, can yield
BHARGAVA, the kind that
electricity for 24 hours, with no
inspires genius. Because what else
waste, no bills.
philanthropist Manoj Bhargava
can convince you that sure, you
They’ll be manufactured at the
can change the world. He wants to
in Singapore—about a
is saving the world, one
fix the deadly drought in California
thousand a day, initially—until the
investment at a time
and bring light to the villages in India,
bureaucracy and red tape in India allows
and he’s proven he can. It begins with the Free
him to open here, and then shipped to India.
Electric—a bike that generates electricity when pedalled,
But Bhargava has already installed them in about 20 homes
and will go into production this month.
in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, t