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The electric tuk-tuk launched

Supplied by Terra Motors.

The electric tuk-tuk launched
Supplied by Terra Motors.
Terra Motors, a Japanese start-up company, has dipped its toe into the electric vehicle market with the launch of an electric tuk-tuk. While some people may well snigger at the launch of such a vehicle, a tricycle, the fact is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of these around the world and if the company is able to make even the smallest dent in these figures then there is potentially a significant income stream on the way.

The company has already announced an order from the Philippines which will see the current crop of 100,000 gas powered tuk-tuks replaced by electric counterparts by 2016. The vehicles themselves are able to travel 31 miles on a two-hour charge and at just US$6,000 they offer exceptional value for money in the long term- even if they are more expensive than gas powered tuk-tuks.

Assisting the environment

Helping the environment has always been one of the mainstays of the electric vehicle market and this particular vehicle also has the potential to save five dollars per day in fuel costs. If you imagine the fleet of 100,000 tuk-tuks and the potential reduction in emissions when converting to electric as opposed to gas powered vehicles by 2016, there is potentially a large benefit to the environment.

While many may see this as the opposite end to luxury electric cars such as the Tesla there is no doubt that entry-level electric vehicles such as the electric tuk-tuk will open the eyes of many people to the potential of this new environmentally friendly mode of transport.


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