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Electric rickshaws in more areas

04 June 2012

NEW DELHI: Aimed at promoting eco-friendly and smoke-free mode of transport, electric-run rickshaws will soon ply on the streets of east and central Delhi.

While the the e-rickshwas – which will be known as Pedi Cabs – have been designed by Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute – a subsidiary of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – they have been manufactured by HBL Power Systems Limited….

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/254630/electric-rickshaws-more-areas.html

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June 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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Ray of sunshine for a green Delhi as solar-powered rickshaws are set to take to the road

02 March 2012

The Capital is turning green with a vengeance. After promoting the use of electric cars and the use of green technologies, Delhi will soon see the solar-powered rickshaws on its roads.

Around 1,000 of these rickshaws, which come in three variants, will be introduced in different parts of the Capital by June. Senior officials of the Delhi government’s environment department said the final plan is to increase the number of such rickshaws, also called soleckshaws, to at least 10,000…..
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/article-2108974/Ray-sunshine-green-Delhi-solar-powered-rickshaws-set-to-road.html#ixzz1o6z2pctQ

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March 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

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Soleckshaw, the new vehicle in Kolkata

06 November 2011

KOLKATA: Technology has brought some relief to rickshaw pullers – though only five in number – in the city with the introduction of soleckshaws, the solar-power assisted, pedaloperated cycle rickshaws. Designed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) Durgapur, the rickshaws have zero carbon emission and have only been introduced as a pilot project.

A soleckshaw is an eco-friendly tricycle driven partly by pedal and partly by electric power, supplied by a battery that is charged from solar energy. The soleckshaws are charged in solar photo voltaic stations and takes around eight hours to get completely charged. With full charge, these rickshaws can travel a distance up to 40 km. However, the city is yet to get such charging stations……

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Soleckshaw-the-new-vehicle-in-Kolkata/articleshow/10626506.cms

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November 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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Solar-powered rickshaws launched on Kolkata’s lanes

03 October 2011

KOLKATA:Five soleckshaws – a solar-powered vehicle that also allows the rider to pedal – were distributed among rickshaw pullers here on Sunday to mark the launch of the vehicle in the city.  

Developed and manufactured by Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute in Durgapur, the zero-carbon-emitting vehicle, uses both the mechanical energy and electrical energy achieving a maximum speed of 18 kilometres per hour.

During the day, five soleckshaws were presented to rickshaw pullers at the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) free of cost. ….

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2507698.ece

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October 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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New vehicle on the cards for country’s postmen

06 February 2011

PUNE:In another three months, postmen in the country may start using ‘Postal Soleckshaw’ — a solar powered pedal-operated cycle rickshaw — on their daily rounds. The Pune-based Kinetic Group has developed the environment-friendly postal delivery vehicle in association with the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI). The vehicles are undergoing field tests.

Sulajja Firodia Motwani, managing director, Kinetic Motors and director, Kinetic Engineering told DNA that five vehicles developed by the Group are on a pilot run in Ajmer in Rajasthan. The Group is awaiting the green signal from the ministry of communications & information technology before starting mass production, she said.

“The pilot run will be completed in two months. Once the ministry gives its feedback, we will start mass production. The vehicle was designed and developed primarily for postmen to double their efficiency. But we will be identifying other areas of application for the vehicle for live delivery like diary products and milk supply,” she said….

Read more: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_new-vehicle-on-the-cards-for-country-s-postmen_1503838

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February 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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Sea trials of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to be conducted this month-end

2 January 2011

KOCHI: The sea trials of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) designed and developed by the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur — a constituent establishment of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) — are slated to begin off the Chennai coast during the last week of January.

The ‘AUV-150,’ as the prototype is named, is built to operate 150 metres under the sea. It was developed in technical collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

The performance parameters of the lab-scale model, developed by IIT, acted as a precursor to the prototype developed by CSIR-CMERI. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

The cylindrical AUV is capable of independently carrying out a plethora of underwater operations, including ocean floor-mapping, surveillance activities and oceanographic studies, based on data gathered using its onboard sensors.

The AUV underwent a series of sheltered water trials at the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Underwater Acoustic Research Facility (UARF) at Kerala’s Idukki Reservoir over the last two years. The final leg of the still-water trials was conducted in the reservoir between September and October 2010.

CMERI Director Gautam Biswas said: “The National Institute of Ocean Technology [NIOT] earlier developed a Remotely Operated Vehicle [ROV] with the capability to dive much deeper. Our vehicle, however, is different in that it is not remotely operated from a control station ashore. It has an onboard computer that can be pre-programmed to carry out specific tasks, which makes it a smart vehicle endowed with the ability to devise its own stratagems to execute a mission. The payload and the configuration are determined by the nature of the mission it is tasked with.”

During the sea trials, the AUV’s image processing capability would be assessed.

“Besides, its capacity to model environmental parameters such as temperature gradient, current, depth and salinity gradient would be scrutinised. Once the technology is proven through extensive sea trials, the AUV can be customised for applications like close-to-coast undersea monitoring, mine countermeasures, cable and pipeline surveys, besides a host of oceanographic studies,” Professor Biswas said….

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article1025416.ece

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January 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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Eco-friendly rickshaw to help postmen deliver mail faster

12 July 2010

PUNE: The postal workers may soon be riding a solar-enabled electric bike. Postal Solekshaw, a solar power-assisted, pedal-operated cycle rickshaw — developed by the city-based Kinetic Engineering Ltd ¿ promises to reduce the rickshaw puller’s efforts by providing battery assistance.

Developed in association with the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur, the project was proposed as part of India800 Foundation, which is aimed at addressing the social challenges of the 800 million poor in the country. “It is a year-old project that was announced on August 15 last year. We have been working on its development for the past four-five months,” said Sulajja Firodia Motwani, managing director, Kinetic……….

Read complete news item: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ecofriendly-rickshaw-to-help-postmen-deliver-mail-faster/645150/

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July 12, 2010 at 8:16 am

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