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.
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.
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.