KOZHIKODE: Autorickshaws are often blamed for air and noise pollution. A recent study by the Centre revealed that they contribute 30 per cent of the pollution in India. As a remedy, Kerala is set to launch Electronic autorickshaws or E-autorickshaws. In a trial run for E-autorickshaws, Mumbai-based AK auto in association with Palakkad-based Maridian Motors introduced two E-autorickshaws, which is plying at present through the city.
Talking about the vehicles, Maridian motors operational manager Rijith O.B. said, “Kerala government approved the model Divarath of E-auto and we are waiting for the approval of Tiktiek.” They don’t consume fuel, have low CO2 emission and are cheaper to buy and maintain. It can go upto 120 km with just five hours of charge, if it is charged fully one time. These five hours of charging will not take more than four units of electricity which translates to a cost of Rs 30 for 100-120 km. However, it is not designed for a long journey, but must be limited to city or a village-to- village journey, he added.