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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Taxi Green Mumbai Provides Green Solution For The Inner City

In the center of Mumbai, India, gas-driven Rickshaws are prohibited because of their noise and their pollution. By combining an electric drivetrain, which is supposed to be funded by the government, with a network of solar filling stations, Taxi Green Mumbai provides a clean and green solution for the inner city. It reaches up to 300km on a single fill, which makes it useable for one day of driving at a top speed of 30km/h. The design takes its clues from old Rickshaws and their history in the last century. To make it as simple as possible, the whole electronic system is limited to the front part of the vehicle. The battery is located beneath the passengers, as well as a small luggage compartment, which can be locked from inside the cabin only. As there is a lot of rain in Mumbai, the cabin can be partially closed on the sides by pulling out a canvas cover. When there is good weather, the roof of the vehicle can be opened to enjoy the drive.


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