In the latest notification issued by the ministry of road and highways on e-rickshaws, the government has made way for ‘e-carts’ — a battery operated three-wheeler similar to e-rickshaws but to be used for carrying luggage — in its amendments.
Additionally, the maximum allowable length for both e-rickshaws and e-carts has been altered to 2.8 metres, as opposed to 2.6 metres in the previous notification dated September 17.
The notification, put up for reference on the ministry website, specifies that e-carts are “adapted for carrying goods by providing a separate load body or compartment with the maximum weight 310 kg in addition to the driver.”
The net power specification of its motor has been stated to not exceed 2000 W, same as that of the e-rickshaw, as has been the maximum speed, 25 km per hour.
While the final draft notification has been vetted by the legislative department of the ministry of law, it has not yet come into force.