Bhubaneswar to run solar-rickshaws dubbed ‘Soleckshaw’

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Odisha has been frequently looking for avenues wherein clear resources can be utilised and it seems the state has decided to follow on the green path and start using solar-run rickshaws, also known as Soleckshaw, which can drive up to a speed of 35 km per hour, with a view to promote clean energy transport.

The Soleckshaw has been named, designed and promoted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has been introduced in several metros, including Delhi recently.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has invited CSIR-recognized dealer HBL Power System Ltd and its strategic partner Prabhadeep Industries Limited to show a demonstration of the vehicle on 30 November. “We have heard of the solar rickshaw becoming popular in Delhi, Chandigarh and some other cities. If the vehicle has green features, we will also promote it in Bhubaneswar,” said A N Jena, mayor, BMC.

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The rickshaw, which can be driven by solar-powered battery, can carry nearly 250 kg of load. The price of the two-seater Soleckshaw, which is manufactured in different models starts from Rs 70,000. These can also be used to carry goods and cargo for short distances. “Solar energy apart, the battery can also be charged by electricity. When the battery backup goes out, the driver can use the pedal,” said Sanjay Parija, vice-president (Odisha and Chhatisgarh markets), HBL.

“The tricycle is used for commuting small to medium distance. In Delhi and other places, the concerned state government has been providing subsidy to poor rickshaw pullers to purchase the vehicle,” said Anand Parija, a functionary of Prabhadeep Industries.

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