Providing a cheaper and eco-friendly alternative to auto-rickshaws, new e-rickshaws which runs on electric batteries was launched here today.
Categorised in between a pedal rickshaw and an auto-rickshaw, the battery-operated e-rickshaws can run upto a speed of 25 km per hour and can accommodate around 4-5 passengers.
"It is a zero emission vehicle and while running the engine produces no sound," Zafar Faridi, CEO of Dianzi rickshaw, told reporters after the launch.
In association with them, another company also launched e-rickshaws called Toto Rickshaws.
Around 150-200 such tricycles from both companies are already in trial operation in Topsia area of the city and Uttarpara, few kms away from Kolkata.
Faridi said they have now started selling the vehicle all over West Bengal.
The rickshaws have 48W batteries which can run upto 120 km after 7 hours of charge.
"It consumes only 3 units of electricity in single charge for which the cost is less than Rs 20. For the same distance travelled, the cost of LPG fuel in Kolkata's auto-rickshaws would cost around Rs 200. So our vehicle is much cheaper," he said.
The rickshaws from both the companies come in three models in both passenger and cargo segments with prices ranging from Rs 80,000 to Rs 125,000.