Piaggio has introduced its latest electric vehicles. This time Piaggio is going to bring electric tuk-tuk instead of Vespa.
Three wheelers are commonly referred as tuk-tuks or auto rickshaws. They feature a motorcycle like front end and a cart style rear axle with a passenger area behind the driver.
The commercial three wheelers had always been powered by an internal combustion engine until now but Piaggio is going to releases tuk-tuk as electric. The latest version of the Piaggio tuk-tuk will be released first into the Indian market.
The electric tuk-tuk will feature removable batteries. The flat packs will be mounted low on the vehicle for added stability and can be slid out and replaced in just a few minutes at automated service stations.
The electric tuk-tuk is expected to be used not just for transportation in view of typical taxis but also for other commercial applications such as food carts.
The Indian Government has been in the process of instituting regulations to boost the adoption of electric vehicles to replace gas powered two and three wheelers. The recently implemented FAME program (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) has helped accelerate purchases of electric vehicles by providing tax incentives in the neighborhood of 5-12% on such vehicles.
Piaggio rolled out its long anticipated Electrical Vespa last year. The first electric Vespa helped match the classic design with modern transportation technology, though was originally panned for the electric Vespa’s low top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph).
Piaggio recently increased the speed of the Vespa Elettrica to 70 km/h (43 mph), helping increase the utility of the scooter.