Taking the Roadtrip bar to an all-new level, an Indian man’s self designed and built solar electric tuk tuk will today arrive in the UK, completing his 10,000 mile overland adventure from India.
Auto engineer Naveen Rabelli is scheduled to arrive in Dover, England on Thursday the 8th September having travelled from Bangalore. Naveen will then drive to London his final destination on September 10th. He has already travelled thousands of miles across Indian, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria. Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France and he has many stories to tell.
Naveen’s “Tuk Tuk-Tejas”, which he designed, built and tested over four years, runs on solar and electricity power and has zero emissions.The object of the adventure is to create awareness of electric vehicles and solar powered vehicles as a sustainable low cost alternative transport solution for tens of millions of people in Asia and beyond.
He hopes his project will enhance public knowledge about the practical application of solar electric transportation. 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.
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.”
Further goals of this project is to demonstrates the reliability and affordability of solar powered vehicles and how an electric vehicle can to reduce the our impact of climate change. Naveen also aimed to connect with people along the way who are working towards sustainable living solutions and showcase an entirely Indian solution to the world.