India may not exactly be on the forefront of renewable energy globally, but it’s slowly catching up in the race to go green. From the likes of Gujarat investing heavily in solar energy, it is now the country’s capital that seems to be following suit in the renewables sector, albeit differently. Delhi has taken strides with its quest to go green by introducing electric powered rickshaws on its streets. The green colored vehicles are set to hit the roads on Saturday and will cover the route from Select Citywalk Mall and Malviya Nagar Metro station.
Each trip will cost Rs 10 per head. Named G-Riks, the eco friendly rickshaws’ fleet will be expanded over the next few weeks. The vehicles were launched by the state’s chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, and were developed after two years of R&D by Green Wheels.
Green Wheels, the subsidiary of Star Bus and the parent company are both looking to enter bus feeder services with the G-Riks. Over time, the companies are hoping to launch 5,000 of these green vehicles which will greatly offset carbon emissions that have been choking the capital and other major cities in the recent past.
It’s been announced that an investment of Rs 100 crore will be put into the project within 15 months. Over this period, 5,000 units will be pushed on the streets to offer commuters more options in the way of travel. The rickshaws will accommodate three persons, including the driver. Incidentally, drivers will be trained by Angentum Group which is promoting Green Wheels and Star Bus.
G-Riks will be introduced in clusters and will cover 2km per cluster. The companies are looking to target Delhi University, Gurgaon and others next as part of locations in the cluster list. To address the problem of charging the EVs, Angentum will establish several charging points in strategic locations.