Electric tuk tuks introduced to Europe
Call them tuk tuks, auto rickshaws, mototaxis or any one of several other names, but they’re one of the world’s most ubiquitous vehicles – three-wheeled motorized rickshaws. They’ve been a fixture on roads in Asia, South America, Africa and Italy for decades, and have more recently made their way into the Netherlands, the U.K. and other countries. Given that they typically have quite small engines and are used mostly as runabouts, Dutch company Tuk Tuk Factory (TTF) decided to start making electric tuk tuks a few years ago and has now introduced them to the European market.
TTF couldn’t sell gasoline tuk tuks direct from manufacturers in Asia, as the vehicles reportedly didn’t meet European environmental, quality or safety requirements. While some of the other brands of tuk tuks currently operating in Europe have been retrofitted with compressed natural gas engines, TTF decided to have their vehicles built from scratch.
“We took the biggest battery we could possibly imagine as a starting point, and then designed the vehicle around that battery,” said chief designer Dennis Harte. “A 15kWh lead acid battery drives the silent and maintenance free AC motor. The chassis has been designed to carry the 400 kilos (882 lbs) of the humongous battery.”
According to the company, the vehicles’ “humongous batteries” should see them through 70 to 80 kilometers (43.5 to 50 miles) of average city use on one charge.
If the three new Europe-wide models are anything like those that TTF already sells in The Netherlands, the charge time is 10 to 12 hours, although an optional quicker-charging Lithium battery is also available. The three-seat and cargo models are powered by a 72V motor for a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), while the stretched 6-seater "limotuck" tops out at 35 km/h (22 mph).
The electric tuk tuks are expected to sell for €11,000 to €14,000 (US$15,110 to $19,231), and will require a Class B driver’s license.
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Windykites is on my train of thought . First we must get past the beach side/ golf greens image and put some thought to foggy London use: Full enclosure, a propane heater with fan...then we green it up with electro-pedal stations each charged by how much or little they contribute to the total trip. A group pay taxi. I want to suggest also to think of commuters who \"split\" the bill in a social setting such as who buys beer after failing to pedal his/her share over the day or workweek. As others have reminded me, the electicity cost is only cents. The taxi fee is not! and bragging rights or beer bills put us beyond economic models. Leg power is translated into KilloWatt Hours, and that is how beer is paid out. Alternate currency tie-in
walt, low kinetic human hybrid llc
There is no innovation worhty of the fact that it is made (copied) in the Netherlands. It is a straight ripoff of the original Thailand Tuk Tuks-the whole work: the concept, the name Tuk Tuk and even the design and look.
A thump down to the Farang thief ! Bad Karma indeed. Haven\'t you done enough plundering from Thailand in the past ?
A. Ted Vorachard