E Tuk Tuk
Solar E Cycles
E Tuk Tuk is a solar powered electric vehicle for Africa.
E Tuk Tuk is a 3 or 4-wheeled vehicle that operates solely on solar power. It can travel up to 50 Km/day at a speed of 30 Km/h, with a maximum load of 50 kg. Interview with manufacturer It can also travel up small inclines at a speed of 20 Km/h. E Tuk Tuk offers the option of using excess electricity from the battery to provide for a home in off-grid rural communities. The needs of a home start at 250 J/day, while storage capacity of the vehicle starts at 1500 J/day under normal sun conditions.
E Tuk Tuk is designed and manufactured locally using readily available components in the market. Interview with manufacturer
The product is still in the prototype stage.
None. The product is still in the research and development phase. As of 2018, the company has produced 10 prototypes.
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
E Tuk Tuk is composed of the following: a 300 W solar panel, 350 W DC motors, MPPT charge controller, motor drives, accelerator and a 12 V, 40 AH battery.Interview with manufacturer
Provided by the manufacturer
Replaceable components include the solar panel and battery.
Panels have an expected lifetime of 25 years, the batteries 6 years, and the motor 10 years. Interview with manufacturer
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the manufacturer, currently carrying out market tests.
The manufacturer has included reflectors, a braking system and lights in the design. Interview with manufacturer
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Reddy, N. N., Sarma, P. S., 2012, Solar Powered Vehicle, International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering (IJARCSEE), 1(10), pp. 36-39
Sameeullah, M., Chandel, S., 2016, Design and analysis of solar electric rickshaw: A green transport model, International Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies for Sustainability (ICEETS), pp. 206-211
Saleh, N., Mushtaq, K., Zaidi, A.A., Abbasoglu, S., Faiz Ahmed, S., 2016, Design and Performance Analysis of a Solar Powered Hybrid Rickshaw for Commercial Use in Pakistan, Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 9, pp. 472-480
The manufacturer is still working on the design to be compliant with international regulations. Interview with manufacturer
The manufacturer are currently evaluating the tuk tuk’s speed, battery capacity and ergonomics. Interview with manufacturer
Users pay a small deposit (100 USD = 10000 KES) at first to lend the product followed by monthly payments of 50 USD (5000 KES) using M-Pesa, mobile phone-based money transfer service. This way, users can own the tuk tuk within 3 years.
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