Asia's notorious "Tuk-Tuk" taxis could become electric vehicles

If you've spent a lot of time in Asia, you're probably familiar with the Tuk-Tuk, a three-wheeled buggy that's commonly used for taxi services. They're noisy, smelly and environmentally unsound. But one Japanese company has plans to replace them with space-age-looking electric vehicles.

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According to Autoblog:

The company plans to build the car in the Philippines and start selling it later this year for about $6,300. It can go about 31 miles on a two-hour charge, which could propose a bit of a limitation for all-day taxi use. This three-wheeler ties into a national program in the Philippines to replace 100,000 gas-powered tuk-tuks with more efficient, cost-effective EVs by 2016.

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mackyart
Son of Spam

Fyi, They're not called Tuk-Tuks here in the Philippines. They're just called Tricycles.

The average Filipino wouldn't even know what Tuk-Tuk means unless they had the means to travel to neighboring countries like Cambodia and even then had to be told what it is.

Though their numbers are still much too small, there have been e-tricycles here for about 2-3 years now. I see one almost everyday. Here's a 2009 link that I found about it's introduction in my neck of the woods. http://liveinthephilippines.com/content/davao-…