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HMC to launch a solar powered e-rickshaw

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The Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) is planning to launch a solar powered e-rickshaw designed by IIEST, Shibpur. It will have twin benefits: the rickshaws will ensure a safe ride for passengers and secondly, the new mode of transport is expected to generate employment.

IIEST director Ajoy Ray said "The e-rickshaw we have designed will be covered on all sides with a solar panel atop. It will be akin to a three-wheeler car and one can even choose to fit an air-conditioner inside. Moreover, existing e-rickshaws have a very short battery life and it costs an operator approximately Rs 300 a day to charge the battery for a 12-hour drive. The new rickshaw will have long-lasting battery life".

IIEST's Centre for Green Energy and Censor System, which conceived the 'improved green three-wheeler', has submitted a patent application for the design. "Once approved, the patent will be sold to a manufacturer," said Ray, adding, "When it hits the road, the solar e-rickshaw will have a capacity to carry four passengers besides the driver."

Besides outpacing existing e-rickshaws on safety and operational aspects, the IIEST-designed three-wheeler will be more competitive on the price front as well. While existing e-rickshaws cost over Rs 1 lakh, the green version will command a five figure price tag.

HMC chief advisor for slum development Masud Alam Khan said, "We have entered into an agreement with IIEST to ensure that this green e-rickshaw is first launched in Howrah town. HMC will promote the e-rickshaw among unemployed youth in Howrah's slums.

"Initially, we will buy the first lot of green e-rickshaws made by the manufacturer IIEST chooses to transfer its patent to. These vehicles will be distributed among unemployed youth in Howrah, including women. Later, we will talk to banks to extend loans on easy terms to such youth for buying and operating these green e-rickshaw."

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  • News Section: Technology
  • Month: September
  • Year: 2015
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