They’re said to work particularly well in electric rickshaws because of the vehicles’ low weight, meaning they don’t need a very powerful electric motor. Typically, rickshaws also run on lead-acid batteries, which are said to have a ‘relatively short service life’ and are ‘often not disposed of properly’.
Data from the trial project will be readily available, with Nunam openly encouraging imitation, to explore further uses for second-life batteries and reduce the environmental footprint.
Nunam also says the batteries here will largely be powered by solar, while even once they’re no longer suitable for use in a rickshaw, Audi says their ‘remaining power can be used for stationary applications’, such as LED lights.
Elsewhere, the project is aiming to work particularly close to women, strengthening the job opportunities available due to easier travel.