Chinese Rickshaws v/s Indian E-rickshaws
Comparison of Chinese Electric Rickshaws v/s Indian E-rickshaws
We compared the electric rickshaw by Speedways Electric, manufactured entirely in India against its Chinese counterpart and tested it over a period of 6 months to bring you these results. The following comparison focuses on the build quality, durability and efficiency of these two vehicles against each other based on their performance on Indian roads
Durability Test: Chinese E-rickshaw after 6 months on Indian roads
We checked on the Chinese electric rickshaws after rigorous use over 6 months on Indian roads and found the body unable to handle the wear and tear. The thin frame couldn’t respond well to frequent jerks from the roads and speed breakers. The pipes had bent or broken in places as a result. In some cases the welding had to be reinforced to ensure further use of these vehicles. The light materials used to build this electric rickshaw failed to make it a durable vehicle to endure the Indian roads.
Durability Test: Indian E-rickshaw after 6 months on Indian roads
Since the SER-1 is made in India, the build quality is far more superior than the Chinese rickshaw. Because this e-rickshaw has been extensively tested on the Indian roads, the manufacturers have equipped it with good quality body making it much more durable to the rough use and wear and tear. The design is robust and strong and ensures not months, but years of service on the toughest road conditions.
Quality of Seats and Comfort of the Electric Rickshaws
In the Chinese e-rickshaws, the fabric of the seats started to tear apart into the second month itself and worsened from there. The padding is bare minimum compromising on the comfort of the passengers. The material of the seats is also prone to catching more dirt and is difficult to wipe clean and is harder to maintain. There is no back cushion for the driver, making it an uncomfortable drive for him. On the Indian e-rickshaw SER1, the sturdy material is very easy to clean and maintain. It withstood the passengers with ease without tearing apart. The extra padding keeps the passenger more comfortable and allows for a better riding experience overall. The driver has padded back support, allowing long running times without tiring.
Maintenance comparison of electric rickshaws for Indian conditions
What we noticed with the electric rickshaws was that the fabric roofs were very quick to get dirty and very difficult to clean. Additions like the tassels only added to the problem of maintenance as they can neither be cleaned, nor removed without spoiling the fabric underneath. With SER1 Indian electric rickshaw, the heavy canvas roof is very easy to clean with just a clean wet cloth and can work well through rains. An additional back cover is available in both models though SER1 also has custom advertising fitting for times the rain cover is not in use making it an excellent revenue generation opportunity for investors and drivers.
The Indian electric rickshaw in wider and longer, giving more area and comfort to the passengers, while retaining its aesthetic looks. The tyres on the SER1 are manufactured in-house (Brand: Speedways Tyres), allowing better drive on Indian roads versus the imported Chinese tyres on the Chinese rickshaws.
The legroom is much more ample on the Indian electric rickshaw, allowing more comfort for the passengers. The seats are tightly squeezed together in the case of chinese e-rickshaws, making it difficult for taller passengers to fit in. The floor is also supplied with a mat in the Indian version which is wipe-and-clean making it easy to maintain. In the case of chinese rickshaw, no such mats are provided and the floor is directly dirtied with dust through the day which is not easy to remove.
Batteries and Charging on Chinese and Indian e-rickshaws
The Indian rickshaw SER1 by Speedways Electric is equipped with special electric vehicle batteries (Brand: Speedways Batteries) which give continuously impressive backup even after 6 months. These batteries are formulated specially for the use of electric vehicles and are claimed to improve the life of the vehicle as well. On the Chinese rickshaws, regular automotive batteries are being used which constantly deteriorate in terms of their backup capacity. They need replacing by 8-9 months which makes it difficult to maintain and more expensive to upkeep. The batteries are not as suitable for the application of electric rickshaws as the special batteries on the Indian rickshaw.
The charging point on the Chinese rickshaw is shabby and isn’t covered, making it more prone to getting damaged. On the Indian rickshaw, the point is concealed and is only brought to use when charging, making it safe to charge and maintain
The Conclusion of the electric rickshaw comparison between Chinese and Indian Electric Rickshaws
In conclusion, it is clear that the Chinese rickshaws pose the following problems:
- The maintenance is difficult and more costly for not just the body, but also the spare parts.
- The comfort is compromised because of lack of enough legroom and bad quality seating.
- The cheap build quality is prone to breaking and getting damaged easily, making it unsafe for passengers and expensive to repair
- The automotive batteries being used in Chinese e-rickshaws deteriorate in the first few months rapidly, reducing the backup time significantly and also affecting the health of the vehicle in the long run
With Indian electric rickshaws, particularly SER1 by Speedways Electric:
- The maintenance is easy with carefully applied materials that are easy to clean and replace. The spare parts are locally available and are hence also cheap to replace.
- The comfort is taken care of with properly padded seats for both passengers and driver as well as plenty of legroom.
- The superior built adds to the durability and ensures better safety for all passengers.
- The special EV grade batteries give impressive backup even after many months, enhancing the life of the vehicle and ensuring good range.