Uprights for the future
ALWYN VILJOEN looks at three wee cars that could change tomorrow’s traffic problems
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.
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.