Friday, December 1, 2017
‘Smart’ tuk-tuks may soon roam Cairo’s streets
Abdel Hamid, who came to Egypt six years ago following the outbreak of the Syrian uprising/civil war, wants to modernize the country’s tuk-tuks with his red-colored, four-wheel, environmentally-friendly mini-car, while also reducing fuel consumption in face of the country’s recent fuel price hikes.
According to the 34-year-old businessman, who is also mechanics-savvy, the new, elegantly-designed tuk-tuk runs on electricity. A fully charged battery allows it to operate for 8-10 hours. In the future, he also hopes to provide the vehicles with air conditioning.
Further, Abdel Hamid and his team are planning to launch a mobile phone application with a GPS function. However, that, he said, depends on the Egyptian authorities agreeing to license the new vehicles and support such a project.
Abdel Hamid’s vehicle is currently on sale for LE 36, 000 ($US 2,040), cheaper than a regular tuk-tuk which costs about LE 38, 000. The three-wheeled vehicles, which have become common in both urban and rural areas in Egypt, are mostly imported from India and China.
Abdel Hamid’s mini-car has already caught the attention of some tuk-tuk drivers who have started asking about it.
Full article on the Egyptian Streets website
at 12:38 PM