Amrita Surya Vahini
The idea of building a solar auto rickshaw was given by Chancellor Amma last year when she was shown the video of solar tricycle built by the Mechanical Engineering students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus, as part of their B.Tech. project. The solar tricycle was running at a maximum speed of 15 km/hr because of some limitations. Amma said that it would be useful for society if the engineering students could make a solar auto rickshaw which could run at a maximum speed of 50 km/hr. Chancellor Amma gave many instructions, including advising mounting the solar panels on all sides of the vehicle to improve efficiency.