New Delhi to go green with new solar powered rickshaws

Green technologies and electric cars have already been promoted a lot and now it’s time for New Delhi to see solar powered rickshaws on the road. Named ‘Soleckshaws’, the rickshaws are designed and developed by the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Six manufacturers have been selected by the government and the designs are already being finalized. The rickshaws will be of three variants and capable of reaching a maximum speed of 25 km/hr. The three variants will be 85,000 (for plastic frame with an enhanced battery), 75,000 (for plastic frame only) and 45,000 (for metal frame body).

Solar-powered rickshaws

As per the senior officials of the New Delhi government’s environment department, about 1000 rickshaws will be introduced in the various parts of the capital by June whereas the final plan is to increase the number to at least 10,000. Municipal Corporation of New Delhi has approved licenses of these rickshaws and will select the routes. Licensed operators will be allowed to use these rickshaws at education institutions, archaeological sites and corporate campuses. Apart from that the rickshaws can also be used for carrying good and for waste disposal in old congested markets like Chandni Chowk, Chawri and Sadar Bazaar. In the first phase the rickshaws will be introduced in Delhi University, Dwarka, Pitampura, Rohini and trans- Yamuna areas.

The officials are also considering of purposing a subsidy on these solar powered rickshaws. Apart from road tax refund and VAT exemption, subsidy of 15 percent is already being provided on base price to such green vehicles.

Via: Dailymail

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