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Indian Scientists Develop Eco-, User-Friendly Solar Powered Rickshaw

20 July 2009 No Comment

Technology.am (July 20, 2009) — Rickshaw pullers will no longer have to pedal the vehicle as Indian scientists have developed a solar electric rickshaw.

solar-power-rickshawThis solar electric rickshaw is named Soleckshaw and is developed by Indian CSIR’s Central Mechanical and Engineering Research Institute (CMERI).

The new rickshaw is motor-assisted and therefore is likely to be driven easily both in the plains and the hills. The tricycle will run at a speed of 15 km per hour. It can be driven for as much as 40 kms.

The solar battery is placed under the passenger seat. One battery takes 5-6 hours to charge using solar power. It can also be charged from a domestic 15 Amp power socket.

At present, Soleckshaws costs between Rs 30,000 and Rs 35,000 but the price is expected to come down to Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000.

The 36V motor of Soleckshaw has been used to ‘assist’ the driver in pedaling. Even though it may not relieve him of pedaling, it will definitely make the task almost effortless for him.

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