Rickshaws are a kind of three wheelers and are pulled by men. There is another kind of these which we call auto-rickshaw and these run on petrol or diesel. While the earth’s natural energy resources are being consumed very fast and we know that these are non renewable, the demand for Solar Powered Rickshaws is increasing.
Here is a brief reference from Arun Prabhudesai‘s article, Yes, We desperately need them – The Solar Powered Rickshaws.
Rickshaws powered by solar energy could be your next mode of transport, courtesy of a Commonwealth initiative. The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) has set up an incubation hub in partnership with the Indian government to develop cutting edge energy-saving technologies, it announced Tuesday.
The hub, which also involves the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, the UK Carbon Trust and British Petroleum’s Alternative Energy Group, will work on technologies that will be designed for Indian city and rural living, as well as transport. (source)
Now thats really a good news – non polluting, energy efficient Rickshaws would be great for our environment.
Its not going to be easy though, Indian already has close to 10 million of these vehicles currently on roads. To commercially develop these vehicles, and get them on roads is a tough long drawn task. However, everything needs to start somewhere. Maybe we start seeing fruits 10-15 years down the line.
Article Brief Summary
- Rickshaws are powered by men and auto-rickshaws by fuel(specifically diesel or petrol).
- Solar powered rickshaws are promising because these are gonna prevent environment.
- The energy source is renewable resource.
- Commonwealth Business Council(CBS) is helping to implement the necessary technology.
- Future is bright but it’s really tough job to implement.