Thursday, October 8, 2015

Capital to soon get solar autos

NEW DELHI: The capital is likely to get solar-powered autorickshaws soon. Delhi transport minister, Gopal Rai, on Thursday flagged off a new prototype of a solar-powered autorickshaw, which he said could be used to replace the old petrol-based ones.

These autorickshaws are being manufactured by a Bengaluru-based company, Alfa Bravo Motors, which will also run pilot projects in three other cities. A few days ago, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off the first prototype at Nagpur.

"This autorickshaw will run from Delhi Secretariat to ITO initially. If the feedback is good, we will look at introducing it on other stretches," said an official from Rai's office.

The autorickshaws can run on battery that can be charged with grid electricity or with solar panels fitted on top of the vehicle. "The cost of operating an autorickshaw on petrol is Rs 4.50 per km, while it is only Rs 1.50 per km for this rickshaw," added the official.

Original Post: TOI

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