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Mumbai to have electric rickshaws shortly

Mumbai to have electric rickshaws shortly

Mumbai, Jul 23 (UNI) The Maharashtra transport department has decided to permit electric auto-rickshaws and taxis in the state with the Centre lifting ban on electric variants of such vehicles. Licenses for electric auto-rickshaws and taxis will be given to operators having a badge to operate these vehicles. The state government had imposed a ban on electric taxis and rickshaws starting 1997. Presently, there are over two lakh rickshaws and nearly 50,000 taxis fueled by CNG/LPG in the Mumbai metropolitan region. This new decision has increased the possibility of App-based taxis being run on batteries. Prio to the decision, battery operated rickshaws were not permitted to carry passengers or goods; except in accordance with the conditions of a permit granted or countersigned by a Regional or State Transport Authority. Battery operated rickshaws called E-carts or E-rickshaws are basically slow speed vehicles with a speed averaging about 25 km per hour. However, they can be upgraded to move at faster speeds of 60-70 kmph. The proposal of introducing electric rickshaws/taxis is in preliminary stages and licenses will be issued only after these vehicles are approved by the Central Government. The E carts or E rickshaws are basically a replacement to pulled rickshaws. However, their use depends upon the topography of the area. For example, the electric rickshaws will not be able to play on a flyover or a steep road, Assistant Transport Commissioner Sachinkumar Giri said while talking to the mediapersons here. According to Giri, every district has a committee headed by the District Collector to grant licenses. The committee also has to decide on the criteria for granting licenses. Electric rickshaws are widely accepted as an alternative to petrol/diesel/CNG rickshaws. They are three- wheelers pulled by an electric motor ranging from 650-1400 Watts and are manufactured mostly in Bangalore. The electric rickshaws could serve as a low-emission complimentary transport system for the low-income group. However, unless their speed is increased it is unlikely they will be much use in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the Central Government is planning to turn every car, bus, truck, and everything in between, into an electric vehicle by 2030. But the primary roadblock is the high cost of batteries for electric vehicles which could not be offset without subsidies. UNI AAA NP SB 1055


Maruti’s new Dzire crosses 1 lakh sales mark in 5 and half month

Mumbai, Oct 17(UNI)Auto Major,Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Dzire has achieved the fastest 1-lakh sales mark, a distinctive feat in the Indian automobile industry.


Ford's China sales stuck in first gear as rivals overtake

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) Ford Motor Co saw its China vehicle sales make the barest of increases in September, extending a tough run in the world's largest auto market even as global rivals have logged robust gains.


Toyota seeking to halve Japan car models as domestic market shrinks

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Volvo launches 1st locally-assembled 'XC90' from its plant in Bengaluru

Mumbai, Oct 11 (UNI) Volvo Cars, the Swedish luxury car maker, has rolled out its first assembled car from its plant in Bengaluru.


Volkswagen launches all New Passat starting at Rs 29.99 lakhs

New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer, today announces the launch of the much awaited luxury sedan Volkswagen Passat at a starting price of Rs 29.


Passenger vehicle sales up by 11pc in domestic market in Sept 2017

New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) The Domestic passenger vehicle sales growth has been recorded up by 11 per cent to 3,09,955 units in September from 2,78,428 in the same month last year.

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

TOKYO, Mar 27 (Reuters) After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs.

Escorts unveils country’s first electric tractor concept, Launches Hydrostatic tractor

Escorts unveils country’s first electric tractor concept, Launches Hydrostatic tractor

New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) Escorts Ltd, India’s leading engineering conglomerate today launched India’s first Electric & Hydrostatic concept tractor and an expanded global portfolio of tractors for the export and domestic market in 22HP to 90 HP range under flagship brands Farmtrac and Powertrac compliant with tier 4 emission norms of Europe and America amidst 43 International distributors.