This new solar powered rickshaw or the ‘Soleckshaw‘ is a most convenient way to travel in the most congested of cities. Recently launched in Delhi, this electric rickshaw has a sturdier frame than the earlier models, features soft foamed seats that can comfortably seat three people and can travel at the speed of 10mph and up to 40 miles before its 36 volt battery needs to be recharged.
The rickshaw pullers are very happy with this new launch that will lighten their burden because the batteries will take the weight while the they keep pedaling on it. That means less energy used.
Earlier the rickshaw pullers worked all day to earn something as meager as £2.50 a day but with the new solar powered rickshaw the Indian government believes that things will change. They also think that a modified version of the soleckshaw that involves a car-like body may turn to be a fruitful discovery to reducing global warming.
‘In the age of global warming, the soleckshaw, with improvements, can be successfully developed as competition for all the petrol and diesel run small cars,’ said Pradip Kumar Sarmah of the CSIR.
Though I salute the idea of a zero carbon foot print vehicle, I don’t think it’s safe and fast enough to be “invading” our streets. It’s good for the environment if you think of it solely, but considering that they clog up the roads, I think they need to improve it … and do it fast. – via DailyMail