Electric Vehicles tuk-tuk

Published on April 26th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Electric Tuk-Tuk Ready For Philippines

tuk-tukThere are compact, three-wheeled taxis which are commonly used in Asia called tuk-tuks. and they now have an electric successor, the electric tuk-tuk!

Tuk-tuks are popular in many crowded, developing nations, and this largely has to do with the lack of affordable automobiles in many of these countries.  But the old gasoline-fueled tuk-tuk vehicles were noisy and polluted the air since they consumed gasoline, despite their small size.

This is because environmental regulations are few and far between in many of these countries. However, the new electric tuk-tuk vehicles being built by startup company Terra Motors in The Philippines for use as taxis could drastically reduce air pollution.

These vehicles have a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), and can travel 31 miles per charge. It takes two hours to charge their batteries. The price will be $6,300 per vehicle. Drivers can obtain the vehicle on a lease-to-own basis. It will be difficult for the electric tuk-tuk to compete with the gasoline-powered one which costs $1,000 to $1,500, but the fuel savings could eventually make up the difference.

Might electric tuk-tuks one day replace the old gas-powered rickshaws so many people are used to? Mayhaps.

Source: Autoblog Green

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Watrch nw for a smarter Asian – possibly Chinese to make them for much less!

  • Jeorj

    Only 31 miles per charge and takes 2 hrs to charge… sounds like you’re gonna be spending most of the time charging the vehicle instead of doing business!

    • vsg7117

      so stick to gas so you dont waste time but DIE quickly due to pollution!

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