Public transport is essential to the Indian lifestyle, and perhaps no other vehicle is as significant and iconic in the country as the rickshaw.
Rickshaws have long been the most popular means of public transport in India, and over the last decade or so, a new alternative has emerged in the form of electric rickshaws.
Why choose electric rickshaws as your business plan?
Electric rickshaws are not only a more cost-effective substitute, but also an environment friendly option. With pollution being an ever growing concern, an alternative to petrol/diesel vehicles is essential.
The battery operated rickshaws save you from the hassle of refuelling while helping you save up your hard earned cash.
Electric rickshaws are a booming business, and are thus in popular demand, but here are a few things to keep in mind before you make the plunge:
Do Your Research
With so many companies emerging in the electric rickshaw sector, it is essential that you do proper research about the brand and the particular electric rickshaw that you’re looking to buy. The internet provides an abundance of information - check out reviews online, talk to people. Most companies allow you to take a test drive – use it as a means to ensure it’s the vehicle of your dreams before you invest.
Some electric rickshaw vendors provide fast charging support which makes your life much easier. You’re up and running in no time rather than having to wait hours on end, waiting for it to finish charging.
The battery is the most crucial component of an electric rickshaw, which is what makes it stand out from all the other vehicles on the road. When buying an electric rickshaw, you would want to make sure it’s reputable and a branded one. It would also help ensure that it lasts as long as possible before you need a replacement.
Electric rickshaws are extremely lightweight compared to other vehicles, but you would want to make sure that it has a strong and robust chassis to sustain any potential damage. Most electric rickshaws in the market come with a front metal panel, to save the vehicle from possible damages and conveniently placed handbrakes.
While you do not have to worry about refuelling in an electric rickshaw, you would want excellent battery life, so that it continues going, and does not run out of juice when you need to operate it.
The Government has been working hard to build more and more charging points across the country as the electric vehicles segment is growing at a rapid pace. But you would want to certify that there are enough of them in your city, and your usual route of travel, so that you can charge it up whenever you need to and without hassle.
Your customers would want a cosy ride, so it is important to ensure that the seats are comfortable, and that the seating capacity is to your desire. Usually, 5-6 seaters are considered optimal. A larger seating capacity would also mean more business for you.
As electric rickshaws are a long-term investment, so it is vital to see to it that you are getting adequate warranty for your vehicle and its specific parts. There is a possibility, like any other machine, that they are a victim of an unforeseen event. A warranty could help you save lots of money in the long run.
It is indispensable that the brand you purchase from has sufficient service centres as well as great customer support, so that help is never far away if and when you run into any kind of trouble with your vehicle.
The Government is fully on-board with electric vehicles, and provides certain incentives to lure potential buyers, which could be really helpful for you while buying and beyond.
Electric rickshaws have taken to the road in the most efficient and environment-friendly way. The e-vehicles segment is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the near future, and stepping your foot in now will ensure your sustainability.
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