According to reports, it may be for the first time that autos running on electric battery coming to the auto market in place of auto cabs run on carbon fuels or CNG, according to Press Trust of India (PTI).
Seeking to tap the big market for autorickshaws, the Shanghai-based company “Romai Electric Vehicles’ is coming up with electric tricycles which can be altered to autos by adding roof covers on its.
Priced between Rs 40,000 (US$811) to Rs 50,000 (US$1,014), electric-powered auto is said to be financially more viable than its petrol and diesel counterparts, a top company official said.
Mary, International Trade Department official of the Romai Electric Vehicle, was in Kochi, the commercial capital of the state, recently to test the product in Kerala roads.
She said her company had large number of products including electric bicycles and tricycles.
The company wanted to promote tricycles in the Kerala market as there are a large number of commoners here who bank on autos for their daily commutation.
“The company has 60 volt to 1000 watts tricycles for carrying passengers. We are planning to launch vehicles of 200 watts and more in the state,” another company official said.
Around three containers of vehicles and spare parts would be transported from China before the launch, he added.
Meanwhile, transport department sources said the launch of the Chinese vehicle could roll on the state roads only after getting an approval from the Transport Officer.