These vehicles made an appearance in our city last month or so. They are made in China and run with batteries. Then at night the batteries get hooked up to electricity and recharge. The recharging costs 20 taka (25 cents) per night to charge. The big vehicles have three batteries. We call them electric autos, but locals have other names. The smallest of the vehicles cost 1 lakh taka to buy (around 1,500 $) to buy. In a few years, the batteries will need to be replaced.
These vehicles are great! First, they are quiet. Secondly, there is no air pollution. Thirdly, even the small ones can carry at least four people — making going out with a crowd much more of a together experience than traveling in separate rickshaws. I hope that the use of these vehicles will delay the use of cars for many more happy years!