Shree Eco Visionary (SEV) of Nepal has developed battery-powered vehicles from ordinary car batteries. All the more we should be convinced that high-tech innovations can be developed via low-tech means. Their 3-wheeler electric vehicles have been plying the streets of Kathmandu on AC power since 2004.
The vehicles run on 2 packs of 6 batteries — one on the front and another at the back side. The charger can be hooked up on regular house sockets (15 amps) for around 7 to 8 hours.
Speed can reach up to 70 kmph. Power consumption costs about $2.50 per 60 km. Equivalent gas consumption is about 29 kms. per liter (at current gas price of Php52/liter).
Each vehicle costs about $13,500 a pop — a bit pricey but the savings could offset the initial investment.