The RE 4S Tuk Tuk manufactured by Bajaj Auto is a three-wheeled rickshaw designed to carry a driver, three passengers and extra load. The engine is a twin spark 4 stroke type and uses either petrol, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) or LPG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as fuel.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
This product is mass-produced in India.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can purchase the Bajaj RE in dealerships or from various online retailers.
Distributions to Date Status
In 2019-20, Bajaj sold ~660,000 3-wheelers globally. As of 2020, Bajaj has a market share of ~64% in India and ~60% in exports of 3-wheelers.
The Bajaj RE 4S Tuk Tuk is powered by a twin spark 4-stroke engine that can run on either petrol, CNG or LPG. It has a maximum speed of up to 65 kph and a fuel tank size up to 19.5 L for the LPG type auto-rickshaw. It is built with a hydraulic expanding friction shoe type brake and a double-acting hydraulic shock absorber.
Provided by a trained general technician.
Parts are available at local auto shops.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Manufacturer specified performance targets include: durability, safety, and driveability.
Vetted Performance Status
The manufacturer has conducted testing to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of its three-wheelers. The RE 4S twin spark engine was developed as a result of inhouse development and led to improved fuel consumption and reduction in CO and HC emissions of 40% and 28% respectively.
It comes with upright windshield to give a clear vision while riding, dual headlamps that help in night riding, flush tail lamps and smart turn indicators which reduce the chance of collision from behind.
Complementary Technical Systems
The RE 4S is available in Petrol, LPG or CNG based on available fuel type.
Academic Research and References
Modibboand, J.H. and Mary, F.O., 2017, “Impact of Commercial Tricycle Operation on Income of Youth in Mubi North Local Government Adamawa State Nigeria,” IDOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(3), pp. 56-72.
Khayal, O., 2019, “Literature Review on the History of Bajaj Rickshaw Vehicles,” Global Journal of Engineering Sciences, 3(2).
Iyer, N., Posada, F. and Bandivadekar, A., 2013, “Technical Assessment of Emission and Fuel Consumption Reduction Potential from Two and Three Wheelers in India,” Prepared for the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Washington, DC.
Compliance with regulations
The vehicle complies with the emission values, including mass emission norms and noise standards including noise levels under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in India.
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