A new initiative in New Delhi: a state-of the-art, zero-emission rickshaw, replacing cycle and auto varieties… and with some cool features, too.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is about to introduce this half-autorickshaw and half-cycle-rickshaw in the next year. At least 100 battery operated e-rickshaws will be on their way immediately.
The company will also be exporting these e-rickshaws to England.
“The concept of e-rickshaws that we have in mind is something very smart and environment friendly. The e-ricks will ply in 272 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi,” MCD leader Subhash Arya said in a statement.
Each e-rickshaw will be equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) locator device fitted into it, and drivers will be given cellular phones (free of charge), so they can work similar to that of a cab service.
The e-rickshaw will have sitting room for three people, and fitted with easily rechargeable batteries. The thousands of existing MCD parking lots in Delhi will provide the battery recharge facilities. The charging time will take approximately 6 hours.
Each e-rickshaw can move at a speed of 25 kilometres per hour. Additionally, it’s completely recyclable. They will be completely eco-friendly, and the drivers will receive special training to drive them.
We need these everywhere.