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Solar Powered Revas Trek Across India

Posted By Jorge Chapa On March 3, 2009 @ 2:00 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation | 2 Comments

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Trekking around India [2] sounds like a great way to have an adventure. Trekking accross India in three solar powered Reva vehicles [3] is an incredible way to have an adventure while raising awareness for climate change. That was the goal of the Indian Youth Climate Network [4] as they took three electric Reva [5] vehicles and plowed through 3,500 kilometers of Indian landscape to show the world that the solution to global warming can be found even in the most remote of places.

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The Indian Youth Climate Network [4] is the brainchild of Anna da Costa and Caroline Howe. The team drove through 15 major Indian cities in a caravan composed of three solar powered Revas, a plant-oil powered truck [6], a van that runs on vegetable oil [7], and a van with solar panels on the roof that was used to power the team’s equipment.

The team found solar powered kitchens [8], biogas [9] powered villages, and even some of the work that Mumbai [10] is doing to control their waste management strategies [11]. They even took their message of change beyond these villages and cities – during their trek they were able to meet both RK Pachauri (chairman of the IPCC) and India’s President Pratibha Patil.

The group’s modified Reva [5]s are powered by lithium ion batteries that allow them to travel around 90 miles on a single charge. The vehicles have solar panels [12] on the roof which provide around 10 percent of the total battery capacity. Overall, the Reva performed well and made it through the entire trip without a hitch.

+ Climate Solutions Caravan [3]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/03/solar-powered-revas-trek-across-india/

[2] India: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/11/landmark-cyber-park-state-of-the-art-green-it-hub-in-india/

[3] solar powered Reva vehicles: http://indiaclimatesolutions.com/climate-solutions-caravan

[4] Indian Youth Climate Network: http://www.iycn.in/

[5] Reva: http://www.revaindia.com/

[6] plant-oil powered truck: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/16/victory-gardens-and-the-sustainable-living-roadshow/

[7] vegetable oil: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/17/converting-your-vehicle-to-run-on-veggie-oil/

[8] solar powered kitchens: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/17/world%E2%80%99s-largest-solar-kitchen-in-india-can-cook-upto-38500-meals-per-day/

[9] biogas: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/19/cow-power-how-methane-will-power-your-house/

[10] Mumbai: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/29/james-law-high-tech-cybertechture-egg-for-mumbai/

[11] their waste management strategies: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/17/e-waste-pick-up-service-for-mumbai/

[12] solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/

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