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Published on October 17th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Solar-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled in India

October 17th, 2008 by  

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If you walk down the streets of Delhi, India, you’ll probably notice the multitude of pedal-driven rickshaws. And while some may protest that the rickshaws—mostly driven by migrants from poor Indian states—are uncivilized, the new Soleckshaw could make rickshaws palatable even to human rights activists.

The Soleckshaw, which is currently being tested in Old Delhi, can either be pedaled or run off of a 36-volt battery that is charged every 45 miles from a solar charging station. The prototype isn’t too shabby, either— it seats three and has electric lights, an FM radio, four mobile phone chargers, and can travel at 12 and a half miles per hour. Additionally, it can go uphill.

But there’s a catch— the Soleckshaw costs 22,000 rupees compared to 8,500 for a traditional rickshaw. The Indian government plans to alleviate the monetary issue for drivers by guaranteeing loans so that they can eventually buy their own vehicles.

The government also still needs to work out the minor details of who pays for the solar charging stations and whether drivers will pay for the electricity. But whatever the outcome of these decisions, the Soleckshaw will make a practice that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere  much more humane.

Photo Credit: The UK Times Online


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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



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  • deshani desilva

    can u send me the prices of this Solar-Powered Rickshaw

  • deshani desilva

    can u send me the prices of this Solar-Powered Rickshaw

  • functor

    Why would human powered be considered inhumane?

    Wouldn’t a solar powered rickshaw be less environmentally friendly than the pedal driven version?

  • functor

    Why would human powered be considered inhumane?

    Wouldn’t a solar powered rickshaw be less environmentally friendly than the pedal driven version?

  • Forget Delhi, have you been to china town recently in London? Same “pedal-driven rickshaws” are around and they are driven by white locals.

  • Forget Delhi, have you been to china town recently in London? Same “pedal-driven rickshaws” are around and they are driven by white locals.

  • very excellent article ! solar powered rickshaw must be brought to every city of india.

  • very excellent article ! solar powered rickshaw must be brought to every city of india.

  • i heard they are going to bring this Solar-Powered Rickshaw to chennai too!. Is it true?

  • i heard they are going to bring this Solar-Powered Rickshaw to chennai too!. Is it true?

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