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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Auto Rickshaw

Known as the auto rickshaw, this little vehicle seats up to 3 people and is widely used as a cheaper alternate to the taxi. The small cylinder that you see by the driver is unsafe but powers the rickshaw with Compressed Natural Gas, much cheaper then conventional gasoline.

13 comments:

Greg Dimitriadis said...

The gas cylinder looks ready to blow! Great photo.

iBlowfish said...

I really like this shot. This is a good one.

Uma por Dia said...

:) and it must be better to go on trafic!

FĂ©nix - Bostonscapes said...

Well, I'm sure they've been in circulation for many years, so they must be all right. If I visited your city, I'd gladly hire one.

Clueless in boston said...

I don't see how it could fit three people; but it must be a lot cheaper to run with natural gas, than with petrol

Destitute Rebel said...

Greg, when CNG was introduced 5-6 years ago people said it was dangerous but havent heard of an incident yet.

Thanks iblowfish

Uma it sure is small and can go into tight spots.

Fenix, they are quite safe if done properly problem is some people do a bad job installing them to save a little money, let me know if you visit my city and I might be able to give you a ride :-).

Clueless, 3 is the normal number, you'd be surprised how manyy can actually get stuffed it in on an everyday basis. Natural Gas is a lot cheaper and most of the vehicles here including the latest models of sedans and even some SUV's have CNG installed on them.

Dusty Lens said...

Quite the interesting vehicle. You need to question the Compressed Natural Gas inside with the driver and passengers.

Chuck Pefley said...

Is that a Piaggio Ape that has been modified to run on natural gas?

Destitute Rebel said...

Dusty Lens, People do question the cylinder iside the vehicle but there is little regulation and thus the situation.

Chuck, yes it is a Pakistani clone of the Piaggio Ape.

Neva said...

I have never seen this before....looks like a fun ride!

Hyde DP said...

never seen anything quite like this before - I remember using a trishaw in Singapore - that was pedal power of course.

Seda said...

This is very cute! I would love to wander around with that.
Seda

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Bill said...

You don't see many of these in Delta, but with the price of gas, it may not be long!