Alternate fuel technologies have great potential in India, if people out there know how and when to exploit it. The ruling UPA government’s Union Budget for 2012 is to be lauded for concessions granted for the alternate fuel technologies like, fuel cell and hybrids. The capital New Delhi is now all set to the fuel saving/pollution-free commuting options on road by resorting to solar energy for its favorite mode of transportation: the rickshaws.
Earlier, there were reports that the southern state of Kerala was heading toward implementing electric auto rickshaws, made by a Chinese company named Romai.
It’s high time for Indian metros to adopt environment-friendly modes of transport, as fuel eves are depleting and pollution levels are running high. The solar powered auto-rickshaw will be Delhi’s answer to the ever growing pollution and fuel costs.
Delhiites can thank the fierce sun that beats down on then during the summer, as solar energy will soon start letting them reach their offices in an economical and efficient manner.
The nomenclature has been ideally done – the solar rickshaws will be called Soleckshaws. The Soleckshaws will use strips of silicon to tap solar energy. Electrical energy harnessed from the sun will power the batteries that would run the vehicle. The manufacturers claim that the solar rickshaws can attain a maximum speed of 25 km/hr.
The cost of these vehicles also seems to be affordable, and they differ for each of the three variants. For the plastic frame vehicles with enhanced battery, the cost would be INR 85,000, for plastic frame only vehicle INR 75,000, while the metal frame body sporting Soleckshaws the cost would be INR 45,000.
The Soleckshaws have been slickly designed by the engineers at Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) in accordance with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
By the end of June, the Indian capital will see thousands of Soleckshaws hitting the road. Six contract manufactures have been assigned to make this happen. As a first phase of the project, Soleckshaws will be descending on the roads of close to the Delhi University, Dwarka, Pitampura, Rohini and trans-Yamuna areas.
The Municipal Corporation of New Delhi hopes to gradually increase the number of Soleckshaws on the road to 10,000. If all goes well, Soleckshaws will replace the auto rickshaws through out the country in near future. India, aren’t you overjoyed?
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