UGLY DUCK­LING IS ALSO THE TOUGH­EST

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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