Solar Hybrid Rikshaw by students of Karachi is a cheap solution for CNG crisis

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In our daily routine life, a lot of people are attached to the vehicle transportation business. Rickshaw drivers are one of those who work for daily wages. Unfortunately, the high prices of petrol and non-availability of CNG makes their daily wage conditions worsen as well.

I don’t know when Govt, will take steps to enhance the system and control on prices but nation’s brilliant students are playing their role to solve these minor but live affecting problems. Now if you are in the business of Rickshaws or a driver of Rickshaw that is your main source of income, no need to be worried about the high prices of petrol and CNG closure. Why should you even waste your time in long tiring queues of CNG at fuel stations? Let your three wheelers run naturally.

This time students belonging to Iqra University from Karachi has taken the ground by manufacturing Solar powered Rickshaw. The university student engineers built this Rickshaw with installments of the solar system which charge the batteries. And through which, cost of charge is estimated to be only one Rupees per km.

Basically, the design of the this Rickshaw named “Solect” has no difference with CNG Rickshaw although; it is installed with solar power system rather than CNG or other fueling. This environment friendly Rickshaw can resolve the severe problems of people.

This solar powered rickshaw is fully automatic; a 1000KW gives 40 km/h speed to it. Whereas the maximum speed of this three wheeler vehicle is 60km/h while the hybrid system of solar and electric power’s the rickshaw while also maintaining cheap  manufacturing cost of 15,0000 rupees.

If government gives proper attention to this local invention of solar powered Rickshaw, which will be put on display at the upcoming Engineering Projects exhibition in Islamabad since Solect is also approved by Pakistan Engineering Council, then no doubt, many problems regarding transportation, fuel charge adjustments, or closure of CNG can be resolved.


Rashid Alam of Iqra University, Karachi poses with his Solar Hybrid Rikshaw creation.

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  1. Shuaib Wasir says

    Very good dears

  2. Ahmad Azfaar Siddiqi says

    these things are not feasible cost effective maintainable and commercially viable else Mehran would be using solar panels… and we had been saving our notes by not paying for fuel bills

  3. Ahmad Saeed says

    This is super cool….but just need to think about the commercial viability of the project

  4. Eem Nac says

    Noora Govt has no vision they are here to serve their family and friend not the nation they dont care about these things.

  5. Moiz Khan says

    manufacting cost of 150k. This needs to get down. Adding solar panels on a rickhaw isnt innovation. People wont switch unless it matches the price of your traditional rickshaw. That is where innovation comes in. I see this as more of a toy that would never be commercialized if it stays at this price. I hope I am wrong though.

  6. Sunny Khan says

    proud of u

  7. Manahil Meow Aleem says

    The cost can really go down if the Government allows this.
    In Bangladesh there solar panels are worth just Pkr.30k while in Pakistan somewhere near 100k.

  8. Abdul Basit says

    What is the range per single charge?
    And Rs.1 per km is way too much, especially if its being charged up through solar panels.

  9. Khurram Khan says

    IT CAN NOT BE 1000 KW….. 1000 KW means around 800 KVA ….. it could be 1000 watts. kindly re-confirm from young engineers.

  10. Ahmed Hembel says

    But what's the point of it being hybrid?? It's electric only…

  11. Muhammad Aslam Somroo says

    Great news about technology in Rikshaw i am also related in rikshaw field and i am interested to buy your technology in bulk.

  12. Fawad Azhar says

    Bro traditional Rikshaw's are around 300k and above 😛

  13. Syed Hassan Raza says

    should appreciate the hard work of the guys….

  14. Rao Yasir Ali says


  15. Fazal Gilani says

    Dear Readers, it's 1000 watts or 1KW

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