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Chinese Electric Auto Rickshaws Eyes Indian Market

HIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 21 (Bernama) — After low-priced mobile phones, toys and plastic plates, it now appears to be the turn of electric auto rickshaws from China to become a hit in markets in south Indian state Kerala.

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.


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