UGLY DUCKLING IS ALSO THE TOUGHEST
AS a leader in rickshaw, or e- tricycle field, BSC has promoted the development of environment- friendly transportation and clean energy in China, and also occupied main market in electric power- drive tricycle.
The trike is available in a wide range, from passenger carriers of different configurations to half- ton carriers, including water tankers and tippers. They are exported to more than 16 countries, including one unit being tested in Cape Town by cigarette maker Hennie Roos.
Roos told Wheels that if all tests work out, he aims to sell the closed passenger unit for about R75 000, mostly to factories and game parks where the quiet operation and zero emissions will be advantages. Roos said the running cost is about 20 cents per kilometre, com- pared to the average of over R2 for most internal combustion engines today. It charges from a 240 Volt wall socket using a port similar to the ones used for charging cellphones. The battery can be charged up to 80% in two hours, while a full charge takes seven hours. A 48 Volt DC motor makes 350 Watts to drive the loaded scooter to a top speed of 35 km/ h, with a range 150 km per charge.