Malacca runs ‘solar trishaws’

Posted on October 23, 2010. Filed under: Energy, Environment and Livelihoods |

-Asia One-

MALACCA, Malaysia – Embracing green technology in its tourism industry, the state government yesterday launched the country’s first “Solar Trishaw” to attract more green tourists.

The trishaw, which can be ridden like a motorcycle with electric-powered mechanism, was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam at the Hang Jebat Sports Complex here yesterday.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seet Har Cheow said the new product was introduced to attract more tourists to Malacca, and promote the importance of nature preservation at the same time.

“This solar powered trishaw is the first to be introduced in Malaysia. Besides making it easier for the trishawmen to make their living, the state will also benefit from the green image we are promoting.

“By introducing more green technology in our tourism industry, we can attract more tourists.

“This technology will also help the trishawmen to earn more as they are able to go further and take more trips,” he said after the launching ceremony yesterday.

The ceremony also saw Mohd Ali launch an electric car imported from China to be used off-main roads for tourism purposes.

It was learnt that the car will be used to ferry tourists in parks and gardens as it still had not received approval from the Road Transport Department to be used on the roads.

Meanwhile, HNH Technology Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Zainoor Hashim said the company cooperated with the state government’s subsidiary company ICM Industries Corporation Bhd in supplying the trishaws.

He said the company had invented the solar powered trishaw in three different power levels — 1,000W, 750W and 500W.

“The trishaw with 1,000W solar panel costs between RM4,000 (S$1,600) and RM5,000, the 750W costs from RM3,000 to RM4,000 and RM3,000 for the 500W.

“The trishaw’s battery only needs to be charged for three hours, and can last as long as 12 hours. It can be ridden at between 15 to 20km per hour.

“With this invention, the trishawmen now can work longer hours in a more comfortable manner, and of course, at longer distance.”

Zainoor said efforts were being made by the state government to promote the new technology to trishaw enterpreneurs in Malacca.


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