Taking Tuk-Tuk to Task
'While visiting India two years ago, Stef Van Dongen, director of Enviu, an environmental think tank in Rotterdam, had a different kind of inspiration: A low-emissions auto-rickshaw, or "tuk tuk" as they are known in Thailand. "The auto-rickshaw is public transportation in much of Asia – there are 3 million alone in India," Mr. Van Dongen said during a recent visit to Enviu's offices. The vehicles, he pointed out, have inefficient engines and run on cheap dirty fuels. Some even use kerosene.
"I used auto-rickshaws a lot and was astonished by the amount of smoke," Mr. Van Dongen recalled.''
Thanks to Franny Ritchie