E-autos to offer last-mile connectivity in Kochi

KMRL inks deal for launch of services from six metro stations

Published - October 20, 2018 11:56 pm IST - KOCHI

Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions signed an agreement here on Saturday to launch electric autorickshaws (e-autos) to enable last-mile connectivity in the city.

“The world is quickly adopting electric vehicles to replace those run on fossil fuels. They produce much fewer emissions that impact climate change,” said KMRL managing director A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish.

20 autos

In the first phase, as many as 20 Kinetic Safar Smart autorickshaws will operate as part of the Kochi metro’s feeder network.

The autorickshaws will operate from Aluva, Kalamassery, Edappally, Kaloor, M.G. Road and Maharaja’s College Ground stations.

The e-auto project is supported by a society of autorickshaw drivers in the city which involves all trade unions.

The metro’s feeder-service sticker will be affixed on each e-autorickshaw. They will also be equipped with GPS to ensure passenger safety. The autorickshaws can ply over 70 km on one recharge.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Secretary Tom Jose, District Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla; Additional Chief Secretary (Local Self Government) T.K. Jose, and Urban Affairs Director R. Girija. Trade union leaders Raghunath Panaveli (STUC) and T.B. Mini (TUCI) were present.

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