Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Innovations in Auto-Rickshaws: Mobile Phone Charging

New segment starting today..
From Mr. Lalloobhoy Battliwala

Ever looking to help off-grid people charge their mobile phones and radio/MP3 players, I asked a rickshaw driver today what they do for charging phones, since they are out 8-10 hours at a time.

He said TVS (an Indian manufacturer) had CNG rickshaws with mobile phone charging sockets. I confirmed with the news item below. (Bajaj doesn't have this yet. Nor do most cars; some have USB ports.)

I wonder what it would take to switch 3 wheelers to a hybrid (diesel/battery) engine with a solar PV roof (the foldable sheet kind).

Since the capital cost would be higher and running expense lower, short-distance trips will have to pay a higher fare. A nice metering problem.

TVS Motor rolls out CNG equipped TVS King ZS Auto Rickshaw

After the successful launch of TVS King, TVS Motor rolls out TVS King ZS, an all new 200 CC four stroke CNG autorickshaw priced at Rs. 1.24 lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi).

TVS King ZS will be green, environmental friendly designed specially to conform to the emission norms for New Delhi & NCR. TVS King ZS will be India’s First 200 CC, Four Stroke electric start CNG autorickshaw equipped with factory fitted CNG Gas kit.

TVS King ZS has been designed to give great driving pleasure to drivers and passengers alike and makes the vehicle safe. The 200 cc engine develops high torque at low engine revolutions resulting in less frequent gear shifts reducing the driver fatigue from day-long drive. It will be a comfortable drive for both the driver and passengers with ample headroom & legroom, ergonomically designed seats, car-like suspension, smooth and vibration free engine.

The new TVS King ZS with twin headlamps, similar to the ones used in cars. Not only that, the bigger and brighter rear tail lamps ensures a safe night driving. The dashboard makes the interior more attractive with a car-like structure with low oil pressure and fuel indicators, mobile phone charging socket, dual tone high quality seats, and an integrated bumper.

TVS King ZS comes with standard accessories including water bottle holder, magazine holder, attractive gas kit cover for CNG cylinder and optional accessories such as stylish wheel covers, floor mats, FM radio and an idol stand.

The company will offer all TVS King owners a one year free tailor made Personal Accident and Health Care insurance Policy.

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