Solar electric tuk tuk travelling 1000's of km overland from India to Europe to promote sustainable transport

Naveen's "Tuk Tuk-Tejas", which he designed, built and tested over four years, runs on solar and electricity power and has 0 emissions. Travelling at a pace of around 100 km per day, Naveen plans to complete the 8,800 km to Europe in about 100 days. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of electric vehicles and solar stmillions of people in Asia and beyond.

An Indian man's self designed and built solar electric tuk tuk is travelling thousands of kilometres from India to the UK. Auto engineer Naveen Rabelli set off from Bangalore with his solar electric creation arrived in the UK ion the 12th of September.

Naveen Rabelli with his solar tuk tuk at the seafront at Dover, England. (Photo Gordon Foat)

Naveen began fully testing the his vehicle in July 2015. After travelling though India the solar electric tuk tuk was shipped to Bandar Abbas, Iran where his overland journey started in earnest. From there he drove through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France. He hopes his project which will eventually reach London, enhances knowledge about the practical application of solar electric transport. In support of this, Naveen plans to publish a paper to share his experiences and learning online so that people can use the data he is collecting. The goals of this project is to not only create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asia and Europe it is also to:

Show the benefits of using a solar electric mobility solution and to demonstrate that they are affordable.
  • Practically demonstrate a solar electric prototype that is reliable technology
  • Promote the use of electric vehicles as way to reduce the impact of climate change
  • To connect with people along the way who are working towards sustainable living solutions.
  • To showcase an entirely Indian solution to the world.Speaking about his adventure Naveen said "Four years ago, the idea for solar tuk tuk came to me. I was with a friend in India stuck in traffic, surrounded by countless noisy, air-polluting tuk tuks. So we decided to do something about it and the idea of converting a fuel-based tuk tuk to renewable energy sources was born."

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