Uprights for the fu­ture

AL­WYN VILJOEN looks at three wee cars that could change to­mor­row’s traf­fic prob­lems

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - • al­wyn. viljoen@ wit­ness. co. za

THERE is a trend among car de­sign­ers to go smaller.

This is not only in over­all size of the ve­hi­cle, but also engines, in most cases go­ing down to small but strong elec­tric mo­tors.

Three new ve­hi­cles that un­der­line this trend are Shell’s ul­tra ef­fi­cient city car; China trike builder BSC’s lit­tle scooter which is now be­ing tested in Cape Town; and Mahin­dra’s first elec­tric car for the UK.

The ugly duck­ling of the three — BSC’s elec­tric tuk­tuk — nev­er­the­less also has the long­est proven track record.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

In China, this fully elec­tric e- Rick­shaw from BSC daily car­ries half a ton for 150 km at 35 km/ h, and it is now be­ing tested on Cape Town’s hills by a lo­cal im­porter.

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