New Delhi: After 5-Hour Energy, Indian-American Billionaire Backs Free Electricity

New Delhi (PTI): Manoj Bhargava, the Indian-American billionaire philanthropist who shot to fame with his 5-Hour Energy drink, has unveiled a stationary bicycle that can generate electricity.

“The stationary bicycle generates power. The pedalling turns a flywheel, which spins a generator that charges the attached battery,” Mr Bhargava, said while unveiling the product.

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He further said the cycle is estimated to be priced between Rs. 12,000-15,000 and will be available by March next year.

One hour of pedalling can meet a rural household’s electricity needs for 24 hours, including running lights, a small fan and charging a cell phone — all without electricity bills, fuel costs or pollution, a statement issued by him said.

Mr Bhargava said he had a discussion about the product with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I had a discussion with Modiji about a year ago,” he said.

Mr Bhargava was also not very enthusiastic about collaborating with government departments.

“…if I go to a government department…they are not bad people but efficiency is zero. Besides, it will take six months to decide which department of the government should help me out,” he said.

Mr Bhargava said he will first start selling the product in Uttarakhand and later target rest of the domestic market.

He also said that Uttarakhand is a power surplus state but households face electricity shortages and this product can help them meet their basic requirements.

He added that the product will be manufactured in India at the facilities of some industrial houses, as well as in US.

The product would have one model where the user can also measure the calories burnt while using it.

These kind of products are especially useful for the 1.3 billion people around the world who do not have access to electricity, he said.

Mr Bhargava, whose net worth is estimated at $4 billion, has pledged 99 per cent of his fortune to finding solutions that can help people across the world.

Mr Bhargava also supports The Hans Foundation, one of the largest charitable organisations in India.


  1. “He was caught by the Federal Government….” claims AS ‘Beef’ Mathew.

    Caught by Fed?? Can you please provide references to prove your claims? If he was ‘caught’, he wouldn’t be here out in public talking about philanthropy. I have a feeling that AS Beef Mathew can’t digest any achievements by Indian Americans if they don’t belong to his community. The only thing he can easily digest is beef!!

  2. Manoj Bhargava is a Buddhist not HINdu.

    FDA has concerns over his 5-hours energy but they are not doing anything because he is largest donors to Political Parties.

    that trick he learnt from India.

    there is video in Youtube about his 5-hour energy where he made money

    • Duplicate R.Pai, “Manoj Bhargava is a Buddhist not HINdu.”


      ಯೇ ಕ್ಯಾ “ಒರಿಜಿನಲ್ ಡೂಪ್ಲಿಕೇಟ್ ” ಅವ್ರ್ “ಡೂಪ್ಲಿಕೇಟ್ ಒರಿಜಿನಲ್” !
      ಯೇ ಕ್ಯಾ “ಚತುರ” “ಘೋಡಾ”; “ಘೋಡಾ” “ಚತುರ”
      ಯೆಕ್ ತೋ “ಚತುರ” ಬೋಲೋ, ಯಾ ತೋ “ಘೋಡಾ” ಬೋಲೋ
      .ಯೆಕ್ ತೋ “ಒರಿಜಿನಲ್” ಬೋಲೋ, ಯಾತೋ “ಡೂಪ್ಲಿಕೇಟ್ ” ಬೋಲೋ

  3. 5-Hour energy has Citicoline, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Taurine, Malic Acid, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine (200mg) and Vitamins 3, B6, B9, B12, while the four-calorie, 2oz shot that uses sucralose. FDA knows this combination is not good for Health even its boost energy.

    unfortunatly he has most of Politicians in his Pocket, as both has same Agenda.

    looto and lootenedo;

    Public ka health gaya thel lagane.

  4. “Manoj Bhargava is a Buddhist not HINdu” writes Duplicate D’Souza

    Dear friend,
    I never claimed that he was a Hindu or anything. All I knew was he didn’t belong to AS Beef Mathew’s community!! However, thanks for expressing what you had in your mind!! I usually refer to it as ‘kumbala kaayi kalla’ syndrome! smiles…

    Now you are claiming that FDA had concerns over his product. Do you know why? It’s because they received a report trying to link huge amount of caffeine in these drinks to possible health problems and death. This is just a speculation at this point and Jury is still out on this case. So, he was never really ‘caught’ by FDA, was he? Again, if it did, you can provide links and make it easier for readers over here! smiles…

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