India is witnessing a boom in electric rickshaws. While these must transition to safer products, their bigger sibling—the electric auto—needs a leg-up with better charging infrastructure
New Delhi,ISSUE DATE: Mar 27, 2023 | UPDATED: Mar 17, 2023 19:04 IST
Electric autorickshaws at a Piaggio depot in Delhi; (Photo: Getty Images)
Over a decade ago, New Delhi welcomed battery-operated e-rickshaws ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games as an eco-friendly alternative for mobility in a city battling air pollution. Since then, these low-speed three-wheelers, which ferry passengers over short distances for as little as Rs 10, have become ubiquitous, not just in Delhi but across the entire swathe of north India up to Assam in the east.