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IndiaUnited Kingdom + 9 other 1 Apr 2015 — 9 Jul 2015
India to UK in a self built Solar Electric Tuk Tuk
Big ideas start small. A small team working out of a garage in Bangalore is taking a step towards preserving our planet. So can anyone else.
naveen rabelli
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The Mission

To build a Solar auto-rickshaw (Tuk Tuk) and to travel with it from India to the United Kingdom in order to advocate solar energy as an alternative, renewable and clean energy source for vehicles.

                                                     0 Emissions

                                                     1 Tuk Tuk

                                                     10 Countries

                                                     10,000 Kms

 

 

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Tejas, interrupting a local cricket game

 

The Purpose

  • To demonstrate the feasibility and reliability of sustainable mobility solutions.

  • To meet individuals/organisations enroute and learn about their efforts towards sustainable solutions.

  • To share the pride of a made-in-India green solution.

  • To share the power of a dream and passion.

  • To spread the enriching joy of travelling.

 

Every idea turns into a great idea the moment it becomes a dream for many! Tejas: Tuk Tuk is such a dream come true.

Build, Travel and Inspire

 

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Curious eyes: Naveen answering enthusiastic questions from curious bystanders.

  

Construction:

Tejas: Tuk Tuk is a modified diesel three wheeler Piaggio Ape. It runs on electricity, with solar panels on its roof top to fuel its batteries. In spite of limited experience and resources, Naveen and his team of local mechanics and fabricators persevered at this task for about 2 years now.The fully functional vehicle is a result of their passion, self belief and grit.

 

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In 2012, Piaggio Ape arrived at Naveen's car park which has now transformed into the Tejas garage.

 

 

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Fabricator Santosh and his team.

 

The Journey:

Naveen and Raoul will be travelling together in Tejas: The Solar Electric Tuk Tuk. Raoul will be filming the whole journey and will make a brilliant documentary movie out of their experiences.

 

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The Team: Naveen, Raoul and Tejas

  

The Route:

On their way to London from Bangalore, the three of them will be traversing 10 countries, travel 10,000 km, and cause zero fuel emissions. They want to complete their journey in 100 days, so a bit more than three months!

 

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The unofficial Tejas Route Map

 

Challenges:

Adventures don't always have to be uncomfortable. Adventure means facing new challenges, and it is important prepare for these challenges and to identify with them.

During our test rides in and around Bangalore, we got a feeling for the challenges that we might have to face. The most important things we have to consider are a full Tejas breakdown, the availability of vehicle charing points, eating and sleeping arrangements and security.

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Tejas being towed during its first breakdown.

 

Requested funds

 

                                       !!! Every $2.30 gives us 1Km !!!

 

We have come this far with Naveen's savings, the help from family, friends and lots of well wishers. For the travel to happen, we need money for the following:

 

1. Vehicle spares, Li-Ion batteries and a new motor and motor controller 

USD 12000

2. Logistics, visas, Carnet pass and permits

USD   8000

3. Trevolta Fees and Bank fees

USD   3000

 

I don't have money for this, what can I do?

Cannot donate money at the moment? No worries! Money is not everything.

We value your well wishes, feedback and support just the same (well, amost)!

 

Please connect with us on:

www.facebook.com/projecttejas

www.solartuktuk.com

www.twitter.com/solar_tuk_tuk

 

MY FUNDRAISING
73 CONTRIBUTIONS
$4,795 RAISED
$23,000 GOAL
Crowdfunding for this trip has been completed.
Tejas says Hi!
One postcard from your place of choice en route will be mailed to you from the country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Nov 2015
Shipping: worldwide
$10
Suggest your own reward
Your own reward
Availability: immediate
Shipping: worldwide
$5
Plant a tree
We will plant a tree en route in a country of your choice. For example - In the self-sustainable community "Protovillage" in India (www.protovillage.org), and send a postcard to you from a location of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Nov 2015
Shipping: worldwide
$20
Speak out and get heard!
A video message (up to 20 seconds long) about your efforts towards/thoughts on sustainability will be uploaded on our Facebook page and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$30
Wear the Official Tejas T-shirt
You will receive our official Khaki T-shirt with stitched Tejas logo and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$50
Flaunt the Official Tejas Khaki Polo Shirt
You will receive our official Khaki Polo shirt with stitched Tejas logo and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$75
Drive in Style with the Official Tejas Tuk Tuk Driver Shirt
You will receive our traditional Indian style Tuk Tuk driver shirt with stitched Tejas logo and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$100
Shine On! - Solar Camping LED Light
You can either receive a solar camping LED light or have us donate one to someone underprivileged, and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$125
Pass on the Glow - Solar LED Candles
You can either receive a pair of solar LED candles or have us donate a pair to someone underprivileged, and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$150
Feel the Solar Power! - Smart Phone Solar Charger
You can either receive a solar smart phone charger or have us donate one to someone underprivileged, and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$200
Spread the Radiance! - Solar Lantern
You can either receive a solar lantern or have us donate one to communities facing infrastructure challenges, and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
You will also receive the official Tejas Polo Shirt .
Estimated delivery: 1 Oct 2014
Shipping: worldwide
$350
Tejas Hangout! - Ride With Us and Watch Us Ride
You can nominate a friend or yourself for a ride in our Tuk Tuk followed by a lunch with Naveen and Raoul and receive a DVD of the documentary movie once it is finished.

You will also receive the Official Tejas Tuk Tuk Driver Shirt and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$500
Illuminate a Household
We will donate two solar lanterns to communities facing infrastructure challenges.

You will receive a DVD of the documentary movie, the option of a riding with us wearing the official Tejas Khaki Tuk Tuk Driver Shirt and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$750
Light Up a Smile and Leave Your Mark
We will donate two solar lanterns, a pair of solar LED candles and two camping solar LED lights to communities facing infrastructure challenges.

You will receive a DVD of the documentary movie, the option of a riding with us wearing the official Tejas Khaki Tuk Tuk Driver Shirt and we will plant a tree on your behalf or send a postcard to you from a country of your choice.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$1,000
Bronze Sponsor
1. Branding of your company/name on all our official shirts.
2. Your logo/name in the credits of our documentary movie DVD.
3. Special mention on our Facebook page and official website.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$1,250
Silver Sponsor
1. Branding of your company/name on Tejas.
2. Branding of your company/name on all our official shirts.
3. Your logo/name in the credits of our documentary movie DVD.
4. Special mention on our Facebook page and official website.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$2,500
Gold Sponsor
1. Special mention of your company/name in media and press.
2. Branding of your company/name on Tejas.
3. Branding of your company/name on all our official shirts.
4. Your logo/name in the credits of our documentary movie DVD.
5. Special mention on our Facebook page and official website.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$5,000
Diamond Sponsor
1. We will come and visit your company
2. Special mention of your company/name in media and press.
3. Branding of your company/name on Tejas.
4. Branding of your company/name on all our official shirts.
5. Your logo/name in the credits of our documentary movie DVD.
6. Special mention on our Facebook page and official website.
Estimated delivery: 1 Jan 2016
Shipping: worldwide
$10,000
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