An Indian-Origin Engineer Naveen Rabelli traveled to Britain with his solar-powered tuk-tuk. He arrived in Britain on Monday after making a seven-month adventure covering 6200 miles.
Naveen Rabelli, 35, set off from India in February and reached England five days later than expected because his passport and wallet were stolen in France.
Rabelli was quoted saying: “The highlights have been the way people have helped me out along the way and supported me. People love the tuk-tuk, particularly in Iran and many other countries. They come forward and take selfies. And the moment I tell them it doesn’t require petrol, their minds are blown”.
His self-modified tuk-tuk is fitted with a bed, a seat for a co-passenger, a cupboard with food donated by people and a solar-powered cooker.
Rabelli commenced the journey to raise awareness of electric and solar-powered vehicles as a sustainable low-cost alternative mode of transport.
The idea of converting a fuel-based tuk-tuk to renewable energy came to him when he and a friend were stuck in traffic in India surrounded by noisy, polluting tuk-tuks.
He started his trip in India before his tuk-tuk was shipped to Bandar Abbas in Iran.
His overland mission then began in earnest; he drove through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France.