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- Eco-friendly bikes to hit Siliguri

Siliguri, Dec. 22: They are cheap, eco-friendly and look good on the road.

In the new year, Siliguri will see the advent of battery-run, two-wheel wonders that come with features like self-start mechanism and speeds of up to 50 kmph. The clincher is the running cost: 8-10 paisa per kilometre.

And the “no-pollution” scooties will be assembled and supplied from right here.

The two-wheelers are already a hit in Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad and a few other cities. Soon, these unique “e-vehicles,” available in five colours, would be released in the northeastern market, said representatives of Ashish Wheels Limited (AWL), the assembler of the scooties.

The new factory and showroom of AWL are located at the Siliguri Industrial Estate on Sevoke Road.

AWL general manager U.S. Dubey said the two-wheelers, powered by advanced electrical engineering, would win acceptance in the market very fast. “They also help reduce air and noise pollution,” he said.

Some 500 two-wheelers of three models — powered by 240 Watt, 500 to 600 Watt and 750 Watt engines — are ready for release, said AWL operational manager Arindam Sengupta. Priced between Rs 29,000 and Rs 40,000, they would be launched on January 14, he added.

“Using these bikes is as hazard-free as using a mobile. You charge the battery for four to five hours and run at least 70 to 80 km, cutting down costs to 8-10 paisa per kilometre. And you do not have to get your two-wheeler licensed and registered,” Sengupta added.

As the assembling will be done here, customers would get good service facilities, said AWL officials.

Managing director of AWL Purushottam Agarwal added that battery-run, low-cost four-wheeled vehicles and motorcycles are also in the pipeline.

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