With the view of moving towards a more eco-friendly means of transportation, OK Play India has launched the country’s first indigenously designed and developed e-rickshaw. OK Play India manufactures plastic moulded industrial and automobile products and is best known for the toys it manufactures.
After about two years of in-house research and development, the company has launched E-Raaja – a zero emission, plastic body e-rickshaw.
According to OK Play India’s Managing Director, Rajan Handa, E-Raaja has been made completely in India unlike other e-rickshaws that use about 95% Chinese components. The company will produce these rickshaws from its manufacturing units in Sohna, Haryana and Ranipet, Tamil Nadu. This way, they plan to cater to markets in both north and south India. Both the plants have a production capacity of 3,00,000 e-rickshaws per year.
“We are extremely happy to launch the E-Raaja at a time when India is moving towards a pollution-free vehicular transport solution,” said Rajan Handa.
The rickshaw weighs 320 kg and has a load capacity of 700 kg. It has a maximum dimension is 2800 x 1000 x 1800, and a maximum speed of 24 km/hr. The range of its battery after each charge is around 80 km. The product will be available in both hydraulic disc brake and drum brake designs. The highlights of the rickshaw include LED lights, comfortable leg space, aerodynamic grooves, and comfortable arm rest. It also has a personal storage area for the driver, a forward/reverse switch, a large advertising space, and ergonomic seats.
Priced at Rs. 1.15-1.25 lakh, the rickshaw has been approved by International Centre for Automative Technology (ICAT). Handa added that the plastic body has several advantages over the conventional metal body as it is lightweight and maintenance free. The plastic can also be moulded into different permanent colours. They are more durable, weather-proof, and easy to install.
OK Play India wants to work with CSR departments of different companies so that they can help manual rickshaw drivers in migrating to e-rickshaws. The company has a global patent for the product and it is also designing rickshaws with solar panels.