With the solar tuk-tuk from Bangalore to London

6/17/16, 2:00 PM -

O-Emissions, 1 tuk-tuk, 10 countries, 10,000 kilometers. That is the travel schedule of Naveen Rabelli, an engineer from Bangalore, India. His mission: To promote awareness for electric mobility, solar and sustainability.

The solar tuc-tuc of Indian engineer Naveen Rabelli: An eyecatcher in many countries on his route from India to Great Britain

His mobile home looks quite unusual. A colourful three wheeler, around 2.50 meters long, a with an electric engine  with 5 kilowatts, solar panels at the side of the platform body and a lithium-ion battery back inside. Rabelli, a former employee of car manufacturer Mahindra, customized a Piaggio Ape. Maximum range is 80 kilometers, maximum speed around 40 km/h, battery charging time is around eight hours. Most of the times he sleeps in his mini camper, that weighs around 850 kilograms.

Mission: Alternative Mobility Solutions

 “So far everything went smoothly. My biggest problem was to raise money”, Rabelli told Spiegel online. The 34 old engineer paid the development of the solar car rickshaw mostly by himself. His mission is to showcase feasible, reliable solutions for electric mobility and to connect with people. Last week he arrived after a four months ride in Greece and wants to reach London through Austria, Germany and France by end of this summer. So watch out for that colourful solar mini caravan, if you want to meet Rabelli. (HCN)

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