Riding the rays ~ solar e-rickshaw.

A solar e-rickshaw designed by engineering students awaits a break

Three years ago when Vikram Pratap Singh, then a third semester mechanical engineering student at Delhi University’s Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, wanted to enter a technology design competition, his professor Ranjit Singh Parnar suggested he work on something that would have a larger impact. “It should be beneficial to human kind,” he had advised.

Taking his words to heart, Vikram as team leader along with two other batch mates designed a solar e-rickshaw, taking clean technology’s use for public good to its logical end. Now plying on the roads of the Capital, it does the regular run to and fro from his college to Dwarka Mor metro station.

Christened Strike and earning 23- year-old rickshaw driver Pawan Singh a daily wage, it is fitted with nine solar panels of 40W each producing 360W power.

So when an ordinary e-rickshaw runs for 80 km or five hours after its battery is charged for five hours, the sturdy Strike adds another 40 km and can run for eight hours through its solar charging panels.

Source: Riding the rays