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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.

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

 

India to UK in a self built Solar Electric Tuk Tuk
IndiaUnited Kingdom + 9 other 1 Apr 2015 — 9 Jul 2015
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.
Guest
Crowdfunding for this trip has been completed.
$4,795 RAISED OF GOAL $23,000
Tejas says Hi!
$10
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
Suggest your own reward
$5
Your own reward
Availability: immediate
Shipping: worldwide
Plant a tree
$20
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
Speak out and get heard!
$30
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
Wear the Official Tejas T-shirt
$50
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
Flaunt the Official Tejas Khaki Polo Shirt
$75
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
Drive in Style with the Official Tejas Tuk Tuk Driver Shirt
$100
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
Shine On! - Solar Camping LED Light
$125
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
Pass on the Glow - Solar LED Candles
$150
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
Feel the Solar Power! - Smart Phone Solar Charger
$200
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
Spread the Radiance! - Solar Lantern
$350
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
Tejas Hangout! - Ride With Us and Watch Us Ride
$500
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
Illuminate a Household
$750
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
Light Up a Smile and Leave Your Mark
$1,000
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
Bronze Sponsor
$1,250
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
Silver Sponsor
$2,500
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
Gold Sponsor
$5,000
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
Diamond Sponsor
$10,000
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 contributed
Sarah Hans Franz
$30 contributed
Palvi
$125 contributed
Please gift the Solar Camping LED Light to someone who needs it, and plant a tree for me in India.
Michael Huber
$20 contributed
Hi Raoul and Naveen!

I wish you good luck and look forward to see you in Austria.

Grüße Michi
Natalie LeSueur
$50 contributed
The world needs more people like you.Fantastic Initiative & Good wishes.Natalie LeSueur
Kajetan Strini-Brown
$10 contributed
Small ideas can change the world and you are taking the first 10.000km of change.

Thank you,
Kajetan
Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri
$500 contributed
Dear Naveen,
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
$500 contributed
Dear Naveen,
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
pedro pirata
$50 contributed
from wappler for wappler
David Böhm
$20 contributed
May the sun always shine on you ... ;-)
David Böhm
$20 contributed
May the sun always shine on you... ;-)
Sabine Zhang
$50 contributed
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!
Stefan Radon
$10 contributed
Good Luck!
matthäus
$10 contributed
wir brauchen mehr so leute
Christian
$20 contributed
Mischi
$10 contributed
Good luck for your trip!
Johwie
$20 contributed
Good project
Stella
$35 contributed
$20 contributed
Good luck with your endeavours to promote sustainability! What an important project and message to spread to the world.
Jakub Icela
$50 contributed
Good luck my friend and enjoy it!
$10 contributed
Good luck and safe travels!
$15 contributed
Nancy Leung
$50 contributed
You Rock Naveen and friends! I knew you would go on to accomplish amazing things my friend! One day I hope to hear all about this journey once it's done over a hot cup of soy chai!
vishal dangi
$100 contributed
Keep going mamu...!
$10 contributed
Justin Lancy
$109 contributed
Susan Hopkinson
$20 contributed
I wish you all the best on your exciting and inspiring journey. You have already succeeded, however far you go!
$200 contributed
Leo
$10 contributed
Thank you for doing this! Safe journey :D
Cameron
$10 contributed
$10 contributed
it's really awesome how your taking a solar tuk tuk from India to the UK and promoting alternative energy and sustainable transportation along the way.
$1 contributed
Stephan Hoch
$50 contributed
Dot Sulock
$100 contributed
Way to go! My class at the University of North Carolina at Asheville will be following your journey!
Siri Hall Arnøy
$50 contributed
Love your idea - electric transport is the future!
Hank Ryan
$3 contributed
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.

I hope I can add more support as you progress.
Phat Liu
$40 contributed
Godspeed, Naveen and Chickencurry.

Yours Chopsticks
Claudia Kappel
$100 contributed
Save trip Naveen! Hope to see you soon in Europe!
$5 contributed
Amazing that you are doing this journey, I personally love overland travel and really admire you for making this journey especially in a Tuk Tuk!

Best of luck on your travels!
$1 contributed
Good luck!
$5 contributed
Best of luck, I love the idea!
Casey Appleby
$30 contributed
Good luck with this wonderful project!! Go far!!!!!
Pratik Kashiramka
$1 contributed
Mark & Joyce Linnett
$501 contributed
Hi Raoul, Joyce and I would love to have a copy of the DVD when complete and a postcard from your next city!
Kate
$20 contributed
Good luck for your trip! Safe travels.
Louis-Philippe Lammertyn
$20 contributed
Lovely initiative, and on top of that it will be a great trip, while supporting a wonderful world of sustainable solutions for our future!
Hrishi
$10 contributed
All the best !!! Fantastic work and dedication. Have a safe journey.
Achyutanand
$500 contributed
Keep going for good.
Laetitia
$50 contributed
laxman
$10 contributed
Good luck
$10 contributed
Himanshu
$50 contributed
Adam Broadbent
$100 contributed
Naveen, this is incredible.. I cant wait to see more
$1 contributed
Awesome initiative! Good luck in your travels and well done on making a difference to help save our planet :)
Werner & Ramani Kopacka
$100 contributed
Good luck to the Easy Riders!
Harshini & Pavan
$100 contributed
Hi Naveen,
Hearty congratulations on your achivement.
Wish you all the best for your journey. Hope & pray you have safe & successful trip.
Benoît KAYSER
$50 contributed
Best wishes from France. If you arrive near Strasbourg, please let me know (email) about your arrival. I will be so happy to welcome you.
Amel
$30 contributed
Hey Naveen! I wish you a good luck and all the best during these miles ;) Cheers !
$5 contributed
Good luck!
Swapna Lingala
$125 contributed
All the very best Naveen and Team. Have a safe trip and good luck! :) - Dream on!
Rudi Stangl
$30 contributed
Good ideas need support! Than this is the spice of life.
$3 contributed
Kim
$100 contributed
Wolfgang Möscheid
$30 contributed
Every time enough sunpower for a save trip on your way!
Kirill Korbout
$50 contributed
All the Best! Spread the Love :)
Ramakrishna Kandula
$10 contributed
All the best. Let me know how much it costs for Tejas tuk tuk. Are you planning to sell this?
Ian Kopacka
$50 contributed
Kevin
$30 contributed
Ashish Uttarwar
$20 contributed
Go for it guys! I wish I could do more.
Ali
$50 contributed
Go Naveen and Raoul!
Jayadeep Vemulakonda
$200 contributed
Good luck Naveen on your great journey.
ATak
$20 contributed
Keep it going Rabelli!
Judith A Stoffer
$30 contributed
Best wishes for a safe journey full of good cheer and insights on making solar powered travel practical for all.
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