Indian Rickshaw goes hi-tech

Indian autorickshaw is going hi-tech and the newer version (termed ‘soleckshaw’) will run on solar energy.

Few unique features:

  • Pedalled normally or run on a 36-volt solar battery
  • has a top speed of 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) per hour, has a sturdier frame and sprung, foam seats for up to three people.
  • The fully-charged solar battery will power the rickshaw for 50 to 70 kilometres (30 to 42 miles). Used batteries can be deposited at a centralised solar-powered charging station and replaced for a nominal fee.
  • FM radios and powerpoints for charging mobile phones during rides.- source

The prototype, built by CSIR has been launched in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area.

Innovations like these can potentially impact the lives of common man and go beyond the regular web innovation that we talk of!
What’s your take? Will you trade your software job with doing something like this?

Related: The Great Indian Energy Innovation! | Green Tech Investment in India

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