The Telangana government has definitely been proactive,
At the Hyderabad Litfest there was the electric auto’s on display. With two owners giving passengers a tour round the literary festival zone.
The auto’s felt good, amazing colours that it came in and some how it did not look like the harassed communters rescue operation, but it felt like a luxury ride, smooth and clean.
Aslam Haidiri one of the drivers who is one auto driver who opted to volunteer to use this for 6mnths and give a feed back to the government. Impressive exercise in itself.
The noise level was extremely low.
Passenger leg space in the current scenario is extremely good.
At the drivers space it is good, too, it does have the option of self start but the drivers are advised against it. the engine needs intial 24hrs after which the charge has to be maintained, at least that is what Mr.Haidiri explained to me, according to him it works to about 70paise for a km, which seems a very good deal.
There are also built in billing system, which gives a printed bill to the customer. This comes with zero pollution.
As a driver Mr.Haidiri was commenting that it takes, few minutes for the bill to be generated and customers tend to be impatient. After the trail ride I was however left with a few questions, where will the charging points be? I mean will we have public charging points like the mobile chargers have… again Mr. Haidiri says there is a move to have solar charges that will allow the auto to get charged as it is parked.
I only hope it won’t go the same way that the electric run two wheeler or the Rewa went.