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This article was published on January 21, 2011

    Meguru: Eco-friendly rickshaw from Japan

    Meguru: Eco-friendly rickshaw from Japan
    Francis Tan
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    Francis Tan

    Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social me Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social media and e-commerce. Get in touch with him via Twitter @francistan or Email [email protected].

    A Japanese manufacturer created an electronic version of a rickshaw that is both compact and eco-friendly. Driver not included.

    The “Meguru” is a three-wheeled, three-seater compact vehicle that runs on a single lithium-ion battery. It has a maximum speed and range of 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour.

    It’s an all-natural vehicle that uses pinwheels instead of air-conditioners and blankets instead of heaters. They also claim that the body is coated in red lacquer, the floor is filled with recycled bamboo, and the retractable “window” is made using Japanese “washi” paper.

    Even disposing of the car is easy. Being an all-natural vehicle, you can literally just bury it to the ground.

    It’s no concept car and if you live in Japan, you could actually available for sale at around 1,000,000 Yen. No car registration necessary.