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Published on July 23rd, 2013 | by Jo Borrás


Production Begins On ZBee Electric Tuk Tuk

July 23rd, 2013 by  

This article originally published on Gas2


As anyone who’s spent time in Southeast Asia will surely tell you: tuk tuks are a thing. In case you don’t know, a Tuk Tuk is, essentially, a 3-wheeled Vespa scooter with a utility/van body strapped to the back – and they are everywhere.

Recently, however, people throughout Asia have decided that they don’t want to die from cancers and heart attacks caused by the kind of harmful particulate emissions that the tuk tuk’s 2-stroke motorsgenerate. Since consumers are basically big babies that don’t want to fight cancer and the manufacturers of said tuk tuks are typicallybusiness people who don’t want to be hung in the streets by a wrathful government, then, companies are scrambling to deliver a proper, low-emisison alternative to these ubiquitous 2-strokers.

Enter the ZBee electric tuk tuk. The latest in a push to commercializethe electric tuk tuk concept (following Indian manufacturing giant, Matra, and smaller-scale conversions of existing vehicles), ZBee’s concept certainly looks the part, and takes the regions horrific weather and the Vespa’s tendency to rust into consideration by offering a modern-looking, rust-proof composite body with plenty of room for stickers and advertising. Small touches like this, and the virtually identical-to-the-gasoline-version controls should help the ZBee carve a nice little niche for itself.

The batteries and powertrain of the ZBee were designed by Swedish company CleanMotion. Production is set to be overseen by Bajaj in Indonesia (who also manufacture Genuine Scooters’ Stella model) at a rate of 10,000 per year. You can see the ZBee in action in the video, below. SPOILER ALERT: it looks crazy fun!

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  • Others

    These are not so safe vehicles. Just adding 1 extra wheel could provide lot of safety and stability. If cost is the key, they can make a 4-wheeler without windows and with a small 2 cylinder engine.

    Such vehicle could compete with regular cars for parking enforcement fleet, job ride in exhibitions, theme parks, etc.

    Any way appreciation to the company for making the venture.

    • cecicijywop

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      I was in Dacha the weekend they did away with the two-cycle. The
      difference between two-cycle Saturday and four-cycle Sunday was amazing.

    • J_JamesM

      Did you see it pitch up on two wheels in the video? Frightening.

  • Wayne Williamson

    very cool…

  • dd

    Why are there no solar panels on the roof of this vehicle ?

    • J_JamesM

      Because that would be costly and heavy?

  • Bob_Wallace

    I’m not sure there are any two-cycle tuk-tuks in SEA these days.

    Bangkok got rid of them years ago. There aren’t many tuk-tuks working the city any longer, a few four-cycle ones scamming tourists (dragging them off to jewelry shops rather than their intended destinations).

    I was in Dacha the weekend they did away with the two-cycle. The difference between two-cycle Saturday and four-cycle Sunday was amazing.

    BTW, Kathmandu has had electric micro-vans for some years. Trojan Battery advertisements on their sides.

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