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September 16, 2018
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Mazar youths take lead in the roll out of first e-Rickshaw in Afghanistan

Th youths in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, have taken a lead in the production of the first electric Rickshaws in Afghanistan.
Assembled locally in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the electric Rickshaws can travel for almost three hours with its battery capacity, to cover a distance of at least 70 kilometers.
The locally assembled electric Rickshaws – the first of its kind in Afghanistan, can carry at least four passengers, to cover 70kms distance over a period of three hours which is the limit of its battery life for a non-stop travel.
The deputy head of the firm producing the electric Rickshaws in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Mustafa Niazi, said it will take almost three hours to charge the battery of the rickshaw and the stored energy could be used to cover a distance of at least 70kms.
Niazi further added that the Rickshaws are locally being built and assembly plant has been established with the personal financial resources, without the financial support of anyone else.
He said it took three days to build a electric Rickshaw locally with modern innovative characteristics, including reverse camera capability.
According to Niazi, at least one thousand such Rickshaws have been assembled locally.
Niazi said the youths have several other innovative plans similar as electric Rickshaws which would be implemented provided that the government supports them.
The roll-out of the locally assembled Rickshaws has been widely welcomed in Afghanistan with the observers believing that the electric rickshaws will not only help in resolving the growing traffic issues but will also have positive impact on the living environment of the country.
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