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Electric rickshaw from Audi: mini tricycle instead of power SUV

2022-06-22T05:36:18.143Z

Electric rickshaw from Audi: mini tricycle instead of power SUV Created: 06/22/2022, 07:32 By: Sebastian Oppenheimer A “rickshaw with four rings” – and also with an electric drive. What was almost unimaginable just a few years ago is now starting as a pilot project. Ingolstadt – Most people probably associate the Audi brand primarily with all-wheel drive, lots of horsepower (or kW) and a good



Electric rickshaw from Audi: mini tricycle instead of power SUV

Created: 06/22/2022, 07:32

By: Sebastian Oppenheimer

A “rickshaw with four rings” – and also with an electric drive.

What was almost unimaginable just a few years ago is now starting as a pilot project.

Ingolstadt – Most people probably associate the Audi brand primarily with all-wheel drive, lots of horsepower (or kW) and a good portion of luxury.

A study like the Audi Urbansphere Concept fits the picture quite well - but a TukTuk?

A tricycle that is also powered by electricity?

Probably less.

Nevertheless, the Ingolstadt carmaker has just introduced something like this.

However, you will probably not see the “rickshaw with four rings” on German roads for the time being.

Electric rickshaw from Audi: The car manufacturer's first e-TukTuks are being tested in a pilot project in India.

© Audi

Electric rickshaw from Audi: mini tricycle instead of power SUV

At first glance it seems a bit strange: Audi is phasing out the "small" models A1 and Q2 - only the Audi A3 could get an electric successor.

But does the car manufacturer actually want to open up a new vehicle segment with the electric rickshaw?

Rather not.

The E-TukTuk is a project with which Audi wants to find out what can be done with used batteries from electric cars.

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Electric rickshaw from Audi: Partner project with German-Indian start-up Nunam

The car manufacturer Audi – which is currently suing the electric newcomer Nio – has teamed up with the German-Indian start-up Nunam for the pilot project.

Three prototypes of the e-rickshaw were created together with the training team from the Audi Neckarsulm site.

The batteries come from vehicles in the Audi e-tron test fleet.

“A car battery is designed to last the lifetime of a car, but they retain a large part of their performance even after they have been used in the vehicle for the first time,” explains Nunam co-founder Prodip Chatterjee.

"They are extremely promising for vehicles with lower range and performance requirements and lower overall weight."

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Electric rickshaw from Audi: The first three-wheelers are to roll through India from 2023

The Audi e-rickshaws are to be used on the streets of India for the first time in early 2023.

The electric TukTuks are made available to a non-profit organization there.

First and foremost, this should give women the opportunity to drive their goods to the market.

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An electric “rickshaw with four rings” – something like this would have been difficult to imagine a few years ago.

© Audi

Because many electric rickshaws in India are charged from the public grid with a high proportion of coal electricity - and of course this is not in the interest of the environment - a solution was found for this problem as well.

The electricity for the Audi rickshaws comes from solar charging stations.

On the roofs of a local project partner, the electricity from the sun is stored during the day in a backup battery (also from an Audi e-tron, of course).

In the evening, the e-rickshaws are fed from this battery.

Source: merkur

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