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BYPL to power eco-friendly E-rickshaws

Em News Bureau ,  Friday, July 20, 2012, 16:40 Hrs  [IST]

BSES Yamuna Power Ltd has entered into an agreement with HBL Power System Ltd to provide an e-charging network for “Pedi Cabs” at nominal charges. A Pedi Cab, officially branded as "HBL Soleckshaw Pedi Cab" is a battery-operated rickshaw manufactured by HBL Power Systems. This eco-friendly and 100 per cent smokefree mode of transport will soon ply on the streets of East and Central Delhi. Capable of running at a maximum speed of 30 kmph, Pedi Cabs do not emit smoke normally associated with polluting traditional fossil fuel-based autorickshaws of Delhi.

On providing the e-charge stations for Pedi Cabs, BYPL CEO Mr Ramesh Narayanan said, “BYPL seeks to promote electric vehicles as they are a more environment friendly option. Such affirmative steps should be taken on a large scale, enabling a positive change and reducing carbon footprint. Pedi Cabs will prove to be good for the environment. Pedi Cabs are environment and labour friendly means of transportation, which provides opportunities for more inclusive growth.”

Delhi has the maximum number of cars, which is contributing to the city's increasing pollution levels. Since the power situation in Delhi is far better than that of neighbhouring towns, it will not take much time for environmentally-conscious people of Delhi to switch to eco friendly modes of transport like the Pedi Cabs," added Narayanan.

These eco-friendly Pedi Cabs, meant for local transportation carrying 3 persons as well as for goods have been designed and promoted by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) through one of its premier national R&D Laboratory — Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute.

Pedi Cabs being run as a pilot for the last few months have provided amazing results. They have shown that not only has the income of the rickshaw operators increased; it has also given them a new dignity and identity.
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