Abstract: Most cities in India have high air and noise pollution caused by transport vehicles, especially petrol/diesel-powered three-wheelers. An improved and electric cycle rickshaw can provide a nonpolluting and silent transport system for urban and rural areas of India. It can also provide large scale employment to millions of urban and rural poor. These rickshaws can provide a safe, environment-friendly, energy-efficient and cost-effective transport system in cities and towns of India. Commercialization, technology, social and policy issues are discussed for large scale introduction of these rickshaws.

Keywords: Electric rickshaw, Enhanced rickshaw, Three-wheeler.