Autorickshaws are normally used to ferry passengers or goods over short distances. Piaggio in Italy manufactured the APE, a motorized mode of transport in the 1950s. It was launched as an economical utility vehicle. In the 1960s Bajaj got a license to manufacture the Ape in India as a mode of public transport. Today Bajaj is the largest producer of auto selling in the domestic as well as foreign markets. Autorickshaw price in India is reasonable enough for it to have a high demand abroad as well.
In all of South Asia, you will find 3 wheeled motorized vehicles carrying passengers to and fro. These go by various names like Tuk-Tuk, Lapa, Baby Taxi, Auto, etc. In India, they are called autorickshaws. Autorickshaw prices in India depend on the fuel used to drive these vehicles, like petrol, diesel, CNG or LPG.
Design of the autorickshaw
The overall design of an auto is geared towards practicality rather than comfort.
- Length 8 ft
- Width 4ft
- Steering control Handlebar
- Motor 2 or 4 stroke
- Luggage space Minimal
- Framework Metal
- Cover Canvas
- Door / Window Nil
- Fuel type Petrol, Diesel, CNG, LPG
- Mileage Petrol – 35 km/lt
CNG – 43 km/kg
Due to its size, an autorickshaw is a convenient vehicle. It can slip through small gaps between buses and cars in the middle of a crowded metro traffic. The handlebar steering makes driving this, easy to learn. The metal-encased motor is placed under the driver’s seat, to balance its center of gravity, preventing it from toppling over. The vehicle is slow, and its open carriage exposes its passengers to a lot of pollution. The autos initially used to have 2-stroke engines that used to add to vehicular pollution on the roads. But of late the engines have been upgraded to 4-stroke in order to control this problem. Bajaj is the only company that provides four forward and one reverse gear in all its autorickshaw models.
The newly available E rickshaws are emerging as an upgraded version of the autos, on Indian roads. Many manufacturers of fuel-based autorickshaws are also diversifying into the production of electrically operated e-rickshaws.
Autorickshaw Price in India
The ex-showroom prices of the popular models of autorickshaw are enlisted below:
|Model||Ex-Showroom Price ( INR )|
|Bajaj RE Compact CNG||2 Lakhs|
|Bajaj RE Compact LPG||1.5 Lakhs|
|Bajaj RE Optima Diesel||2.2 Lakhs|
|200CC TVS King||2 Lakhs|
|Lohia Humsafar Diesel||1.3 Lakhs|
|Baxy Express G||2.1 Lakhs|
|Piaggio Ape XTRA DLX||1.75 Lakhs|
|Atul Shakti Passenger Auto||2.1 Lakhs|
|Atul Gemini-LPG||2.5 Lakhs|
The Auto Rickshaw Price in Mumbai ranges from 2L to 3L. Whereas the auto price in Delhi may range from 1.5L to 2.5L. The following is a table with a comparative price study of three popular brands across different cities in India.
|Bajaj Maxima||2.3 L||2.3 L||2.25 L||2.56 L||1.83 L||2.35 L||2.42 L||2.25 L|
|Mahindra Alfa||2.51 L||2.48 L||2.48 L||2.32 L||2.48 L||2.51 L||2.48 L||2.48 L|
|Piaggio Ape||1.8 L||2.75 L||2.72 L||2.94 L||2.28 L||1.95 L||2.43 L||2.94 L|
Autorickshaws play a pivotal role in India’s transportation network. Its production doubled between 2003 and 2010. Today it provides employment to more than five million people. Driving an auto is the first option an individual looks at as soon as he comes to earn his living in a city. Autos are also available in a cargo version wherein it has a cover only above the driver’s cabin and no seats. It is very convenient for transporting small amounts of goods over short distances. Autos are also the best answer for the first mile or last-mile connectivity. The reason why you will find auto hubs at all underground metro stations, railway stations, bus stations, and airports.
Although the autorickshaw is ingrained in the fabric of Indian social life and the public transport system it is imperative that some serious thought is given to its upgradation and improvement, for the safety and comfort of both the driver and his passengers.