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Naveen Rabelli Travelled 10,000 Km In ‘Tuk-Tuk’ To Create Awareness On Renewable Energy

Published on 14 September, 2016 at 4:14 pm By

An Indian-origin engineer Naveen Rabelli drove a solar-powered auto-rickshaw from India to London.

He drove his auto, also known as ‘tuk-tuk’, for 10,000 km covering Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France. He started his journey from Bengaluru in February.


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The idea came to the 25-year-old when he and his friends were struck in a traffic jam in Bengaluru.



The diesel-powered autorickshaw cost him $1,500 to buy, on which he spent an additional $11,500 to get it ready for the zero-emission adventure, entitled ‘Tejas’.

He says the purpose of this journey was to create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asian and European countries using renewable energy.

“The purpose of this journey is to create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asian and European countries using renewable energy — mix of solar and electricity,” explains Rabelli, who refused to let the robbery in France get him down.

 


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Recollecting his experience, he said that he cherishes how people helped and supported him along the way.

 “The highlights have been the way people have helped me out along the way and supported me. People love the tuk-tuk, particularly in Iran and many other countries. They come forward and take selfies. And the moment I tell them it doesn’t require petrol, their minds are blown,” The Guardian quoted Rabelli as saying.
Rabelli was born in India and became an Australian citizen while working as an automotive engineer.

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