As a teenager, Pranav Kaushik would look at 20-odd e-rickshaws stationed at his father's garage. At the age of 21, he has three designs of the battery-operated e-rickshaws to his credit.
Pranav, now a commercial pilot who resides in Sector 46, has designed more usable eco-friendly rickshaws that could cater to modern day needs in a big city like Gurgaon. He has come up with a four-seater, which can be used by a small family. Likewise, he has also made a three-seater and a two-wheeled self-balancing personal transport similar to Segway.
"The green mobility options available commercially are expensive. I want to bring similar products in the market which will be much cheaper," said Pranav. "I want to create a mobike which would cost just under Rs 15000," he said, giving details about his projects in pipeline.
"Uthaan, an NGO, got these rickshaws from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as part of its drive to promote eco-friendly means of transport. My son would look at them curiously as if he wanted to create one," said Pranav's father Sanjay Kaushik.
While his four-wheeler four-seater would cost R60,000-70,000, the three-seater and his version of Segway would cost Rs 30,000-35,000.
The battery operated rickshaws would come with a very low maintenance cost. "With a 12-volt battery when fully charged, these rickshaws can be pulled up to 40 km," said Pranav. The youngster wants to scale up his products on the commercial level and has a team of four wielding and fabrication staff.