1 Tuk Tuk, 10 Countries; This Indian Travelled 10,000km to the UK for Only One Reason
- Himanshu Kapoor
- Sep 13, 2016, 16:35 PM IST
Seven months ago Naveen Rabelli, an Indian-origin engineer, had set off on a road trip from India to United Kingdom. His plan to cover this distance of 6,200 miles was not in a vehicle deemed fit for adventurous trip, but in a tuk tuk (commonly known as auto rickshaw in India).
But this trip of Rabelli’s was for a cause; to raise awareness about the electric and solar-powered vehicle as alternatives to vehicles with combustion engines. This required a number of changes to be made to the tuk tuk that he chose to ride in.
Born in India, Rabelli worked as an automotive engineer in Australia, and later became the citizen of the country. Several modifications were made by him to the tuk tuk such as installing solar panels and battery packs which were the main drivetrain of the vehicle.
But in order to travel in the tuk tuk for that long period to reach the destination, Rabelli had to convert it into a mobile home complete with bed, cupboard and a solar cooker.
But how did this idea come about? Like many other automotive ideas; stuck in a traffic jam. Rabelli and a friend of his was once stuck in a jam in India surrounded by noisy, polluting tuk tuks
Though he embarked on this journey from India, the tuk tuk had to be shipped to Iran to begin the overland leg of the trip driving through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France.
Rabelli reached Dover in England seven days behind schedule. But this journey wasn’t without setbacks and theft.
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