Values Exchange

Project Tejas

19 Aug 2019
By Joe thorp
Olive Network
Newb (43 XP)
Please login to save to your favourites
Project Tejas

The Tuk-tuk originally got its name from the clangy sound the engine made. With the advent of better technologies this was minimised and, more recently due to the innovation of an Indian engineer, the sound in which the vehicle made its name, as well as other unwanted side effects, have been negated. 


Naveen Rabelli, a 35-year-old Indian automotive engineer, decked out a tuk-tuk with solar panels for a world tour that may have seemed cumbersome for many. But not for Rabelli, who began his journey in February in India and ended it on 16 September 2016 in London. The trip could have ended even sooner if it weren’t for a small mishap in Paris where some of his battery packs died and his passport got stolen.

For this 6,200-mile trip the tuk-tuk came equipped with a bed, a passenger seat, a cupboard for food that people donated to him on the road, and even another solar-powered invention of his- a cooker. 

Rabelli states that the reason he took on this expedition was to educate and inform people of the ecological and economic benefits of solar energy. The idea came to him while he was trapped in a suffocating Mumbai traffic jam that inspired him to create a vehicle that could tackle pollution. 


There are now E-Tuks on the streets in cities such as Lisbon, Portugal which are mainly used in the tourism industry, rivalling Uber and local taxis as a less polluting, more unique and exciting way to get around. These are fully electric versions of the original Tuk-tuks minus the solar panels that are used to showcase the tourist spots of a city. Will this stripped down version of inner city transport be the future, are we too used to the luxury of a four panelled vehicle, or are our larger more modern cities simply incompatable for the dainty three-wheeler? 



Please login to post a comment.