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.
1 Tuk Tuk
Tejas, interrupting a local cricket game
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
Curious eyes: Naveen answering enthusiastic questions from curious bystanders.
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.
In 2012, Piaggio Ape arrived at Naveen's car park which has now transformed into the Tejas garage.
Fabricator Santosh and his team.
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.
The Team: Naveen, Raoul and Tejas
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!
The unofficial Tejas Route Map
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.
Tejas being towed during its first breakdown.
!!! 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
2. Logistics, visas, Carnet pass and permits
3. Trevolta Fees and Bank fees
I don't have money for this, what can I do?
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Hi Raoul and Naveen!
I wish you good luck and look forward to see you in Austria.
The world needs more people like you.Fantastic Initiative & Good wishes.Natalie LeSueur
Small ideas can change the world and you are taking the first 10.000km of change.
Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri
We are impressed with your innovation .We wish you a great success in in your venture to use Solar energy to run the TUK TUK common man's vehicle.
Wish you all the best to you and your partner.
Be careful traveling the war torn countries of Afghanistan,Iran and the middle East . Better to try it out in India first.
Drs. vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri
Drs.Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri
It is great to see your innovative idea of using Solar energy for running TUK TUK the common Man's Vehicle.
Wish you a d your friend all the best in your ventures. But be careful traveling to UK via the war torn countries of Afghanistan,Iran and the Middle East.
Better to try it out in India first
from wappler for wappler
May the sun always shine on you ... ;-)
May the sun always shine on you... ;-)
Best luck with your trip. We had the same dream 25 years ago (to drive from Vienna to China). Being a woman - it was not possible to drive through Iran those days, so we ended up traveling from India through Pakistan to China. Pakistan was really beautiful and we met great people (but the Indian-Pakistan boarder was never safe). Looking forward to hear about your trip!
Way to go! My class at the University of North Carolina at Asheville will be following your journey!
Siri Hall Arnøy
Love your idea - electric transport is the future!
Just please keep me posted. I would like to help by creating another EV Tuk Tuk to perhaps venture in the other direction towards SE Asia where sustainability is also needed. Please let me know when you would like to build another unit that might serve this purpose.
I am not rich but my wife and I are retired and travel a lot and I have done something similar across America with a solar greenhouse on wheels in 1983 so I will enjoy sharing your journey.