Women- driven so­lar- au­torick­shaws tested in Thane

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rick­shaw has to be left un­der sun­light for eight hours to be charged. As the ve­hi­cle would be run­ning un­der the sun through­out the day, it keeps charg­ing it­self. The auto can to ride for upto 100 km with fully charged bat­ter­ies.

“The speed of the ve­hi­cle is 30 km to 40 km per hour and we are go­ing to test it for the next 10 days,” said Cha­van who him­self drove the ve­hi­cle for some time as a part of the test­ing.

Apart from women self­help groups, the ve­hi­cle will also be main­tained by the providers, he added.

TMC also wants to use the ve­hi­cle for garbage col­lec­tion. “It’s a good ve­hi­cle and we will try to use it for TMC’s work also,” said Cha­van,

At a cost of nearly Rs 1.80 lakh, Cha­van said, they are in touch with the re­gional trans­port of­fice to seek the waiver of road tax for in­ter­ested buy­ers. “Since the ve­hi­cle does not re­quire any fuel but sun­light, it is a good green op­tion for al­ter­nate trans­porta­tion in the city,” he said.

The so­lar- rick­shaw, if suc­cess­ful, could be a step for­ward for Thane at­tain­ing the “smart city” sta­tus.

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