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A Bangalore resident and an electrical engineer Naveen Rabelli has prepared a solar-electric auto rickshaw and plans to drive it all the way to London. The customized three-wheeler tuk-tuk broke down the first time Rabelli rolled it out of his garage. Rabelli will leave India next year on a 9,600-km odyssey through 10 countries to promote the idea of environmentally friendly travel. His tuk-tuk or auto rickshaw is powered entirely by electricity and solar power. An odyssey which is adventurous and eco- friendly at the same time.

Naveen Rabelli has prepared a solar-electric auto rickshaw

Rabelli has spent two years on the second-hand tuk-tuk. The bright red vehicle is equipped with a new motor, battery and gearbox and is names Tejas, a Sanskrit word meaning splendor or brilliance. It weighs double a normal auto rickshaw, a tonne when fully loaded.

Solar-powered-three-wheeler

Its roof is made entirely from solar panels and cloth drapes protect its open sides from the elements. The project has already cost Rabelli his life savings of about $6,000.

Rabelli plans to ride his tuk-tuk from Bangalore to Mumbai, before putting it on a boat to Iran. Picking up the journey on the Persian Gulf, he will ride to Turkey before crossing into Bulgaria and heading across Europe to the French port of Calais.

 

–         By Anand Thakkar

 

 

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