Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Shahan


Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk To Go From Bangalore To London

August 21st, 2014 by  

Traveling from London to Bangalore, traversing 10 countries, in a solar-powered tuk tuk — sound good? Naveen Rabelli, Raoul Kopacka, and Tejas’s journey and mission is to advocate solar energy as an alternative, renewable, clean source of fuel for vehicles. to UK in a self built Solar Electric Tuk Tuk

The Team: Naveen, Raoul and Tejas

Naveen and Raoul had a solar epiphany one day. They imagined Tejas and the need for a solar tuk tuk when they were stuck in traffic with a bunch of noisy, polluting tuk tuks. They wanted to transform the tuk tuk into a vehicle with zero emissions. After two years, they have.

They plan on traveling for 100 days in this self-built, solar-powered rickshaw from India to the United Kingdom. The journey will become a splendid documentary. Their hope with the journey is to share light, advocate the use of solar energy to power vehicles, and have a good adventure.

From their site: “Adventures don’t always have to be uncomfortable. Adventure means facing new challenges, and it is important to prepare for these challenges and to identify with them.”

The team has done test rides around Bangalore. This has hopefully prepared the team for challenges on the journey that the will faced. The critical concerns are full breakdown, assessable charging points, eating, sleeping conveniences, and security. Raoul will film the journey in documentary style, exposing many to the ebbs and flow of their accomplishment.

Project: Tejas – Solar Tuk Tuk from India to the UK (High Resolution) from Raoul Kopacka on Vimeo.

If you want to help the crew out, you can chip in even a just dollar to help support their work for planetary preservation. They will plant trees on the way with the donations. Aside from contributing a tree to the world, donors can also receive a postcard from Naveen and Raoul from their journey.

Summarizing, here’s the purpose of Naveen and Raoul’s journey in their own words:

  • To demonstrate the feasibility and reliability of sustainable mobility solutions.
  • To meet individuals/organizations enroute and learn about their efforts towards sustainable solutions.
  • To share the pride of a made-in-India green solution.
  • To share the power of a dream and passion.
  • To spread the enriching joy of traveling.

There are many persuasive arguments for the co-development of solar panels and electric vehicles. In fact, the Delhi  Metro Rail Corporation has gone solar to both benefit from low-cost solar panels and also help the world in the process.

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  • Offgridman

    Ms Shahan
    I hope that you will be providing us with continued updates on this journey.
    Thank you

  • IAF101

    Tuk-Tuk is a term used in South East Asia for a vehicle that is Larger than the one pictured.

    • Vensonata

      I assure you “tuk-tuk” has no tecnical spec, it is anything you can throw together that putt putts around! They are disastrous sources of serious air pollution in Asian Mega cities, 2 stroke engines, unfiltered diesel etc. It is truly obvious that they need to be electric and because of their flat roof area they can benefit from roof solar…but they still need charging infrastructure. Over the last 5 years there have been dozens of small start up companies throughout Asia making Ev “Zap Zaps” (I just made that name up, feel free to copyright it).

      • Bob_Wallace

        Nepal has been running battery powered micro buses for some years now. Most have a Trojan battery decal on the side.

      • Bob_Wallace

        Tuk-tuk is (I think) a Thai originated word. Recently it’s been spreading to other countries. In India three wheelers are more commonly call auto rickshaws.

        Two cycle tuk-shaws are less common these days. They’ve been gone from Bangkok for a long time. I’m not sure I’ve seen one in minor cities in Thailand in recent years.

        I was in Dhaka the day they outlawed two-cycle auto rickshaws. The air was amazingly cleaner.

        Low speeds, limited routes, lots of time sitting idle – perfect for battery power.

        Unfortunately battery powered were recently banned in Delhi. I suspect mostly because individuals were buying them and taking business away from the established fuel powered auto rickshaws.

        • Vensonata

          Yes, so I hear, electric rickshaw banned…I just have to shake my head, it is beyond stupidity.

          • Bob_Wallace

            The ban seems to be only in Delhi and will likely be lifted when electric rickshaws are regulated like fuel ones are. I can’t really figure out the issue from the small amount of reading I’ve done on the subject but it sounds something like licensed cab drivers fighting back against “gypsy” cabs.

            Here’s a whole page of Times of India articles if you wish to dig in…


            gypsy – anyone got a better, and well recognized, name? Pirate cabs in some places, but I think many in the US would expect an eye patch and peg leg.

          • paul

            TRI-Umph……….TRI-Volt……….TRI-Sol………CELL-tic CELL-EV……AK-cell……or just plain Tuk-Tuk whatever its origin its known to all worldwide so why reinvent the wheel better to reinvent the technology that drives them….

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