Tuesday 15 March 2022
I wrote – Shaima Hefzy:
The government is studying the manufacture of an electric tuk-tuk at the Nasr Automobile Company, in preparation for introducing it as an alternative to the regular tuk-tuk.
Hisham Tawfiq, Minister of Public Business Sector, told Masrawy that the ministry had obtained initial approval from the committee formed by the Prime Minister, to study the manufacture of electric tuk tuk as an alternative among the alternatives to the regular tuk tuk.
He added, “We presented it to the committee, and the committee welcomed it. We will complete the studies with the Korean company, which will help us in designing and studying the best specifications of this tuk-tuk, taking into account the nature of the Egyptian market in the engineering process.”
“In terms of components and manufacturing, it’s a bit earlier stage…the Korean company will start work next week,” according to the minister.
Last November, the government announced stopping the import of the basic components of three-wheeled “tuk-tuk” vehicles, including the base, chassis and engine, as part of a plan to develop the transportation system and provide safe vehicles to maintain the safety of citizens.
The decision aims to replace the tuk-tuk with a safe means of transport, in implementation of the presidential initiative to replace vehicles with clean energy, especially “natural gas”, as the government aims to provide “minivans” as an alternative to tuk-tuks.
The minister indicated that this project will be added to a project that the Engineering Automotive Company is working on, to manufacture an electric minibus from 11 to 20 passengers, in partnership with two companies, one of them is Korean and the other is Chinese.
The Egyptian company Bright Skies is also working on developing electricity, to be able to sign clear agreements to develop the plant to produce this product at the end of the year.