Special features of Lundoxia tricycle/trike rickshaw taxi (nominally known as Solar Rickshaw) and words of two Tibetan passengers

After renting used rickshaws for a year, in May 2009 I began drawing up plans to have my own made, with a list of desired features. Nearly half a year later, on 26 September 2009 I first hit the streets with what is in fact the longest and tallest (though not the widest) rickshaw in Amsterdam, a bright luminous red/orange fluorescent tint, which one might cutely dub as "The Pink Panther"

It has a number of features other rickshaws do not, namely (updated 13 June 2015):

 

  • I was the first rickshaw in Amsterdam to use the so-called "brushless" silent electromagnetic motor. This meant no more searing "screeching" noise from generic metalic brush motors; instead of a 'brush', powerful magnets inside the motor galvanize the forward motion in combination with electricity. Now several rickshaws in Amsterdam use the noise-free brushless electromagnetic motor. Eventually all will be brushless as the technology becomes standard. 
  • I was also the first rickshaw in Amsterdam to stop using the generic lead batteries. Although cheaper, they have a much shorter life span and weigh up to 8 times more and are many times the size of the comparably compact lithium batteries. First I had Lithium ion Polymer (LiPo), and as of June 2015 I am upgrading to the even more efficient Lithium Manganese (Mn), not to be confused with Magnesium (Mg)! Most rickshaws in Amsterdam still use lead batteries because they are cheaper. Only a few of the "solo drivers" (yes, again me being the first such solo driver; namely drivers with their own licence and own rickshaw, I lovingly dub them the "Magnficent Seven"!) use lithium (the remaining non-solo drivers form the majority and rent their rickshaws for weekly charges. The renters are often seasonal workers whereas the solo drivers work 12 months a year). Heavy, huge and as good as garbage after half a year, who needs lead? I retain my LiPo batteries as reserves as they are still as good as new after over 5,5 years!
  • I also upgraded my electromagnetic motor to a far more energy-efficient model which is also temperature resistent, smaller and 25% lighter in weight. The last two models over-heated after consecutive rides; with the first model, its heat and bulk was such that it destroyed the spokes, axel and fork! But still to be double-sure I replaced these with reinforced, far stronger, thicker metal types (after all women always insist on diameter above all else, they must know what they are talking about! I was always willing to volunteer my diameter to a wanton woman but none have stepped forward so far!)
  • The strongest, heavy-duty tires currently available for rickshaws, usually destroying glass upon impact, as compared with other rickshaws which glass penetrates, causing flat tires.
  • (Update, 2 September 2014): after using Solar Rickshaw as a solar application to attempt to recharge the batteries and using it as a trading name for half a decade since September 2009, I removed the heavy solar panels (10kg, lots of weight for the old thin plexiglass to hold; indeed when I began removing the solar panels the plexiglass snapped into pieces, the result of fallen rainwater trapped in between the panels and plexiglass over the course of 3 years, turned into mildew eating away at the material...a well timed operation! Plexiglass in the garbage, solar panels, diodes and the repaired solar inverter or charger are intact and will be used for another more functional purpose; "All's well that end's well"!) and old blue tinted rooftop and replaced it with a transparent orange-tinted roof to free up the quintessential Amsterdam panoramas for passengers to gleefully glimpse or gladly gaze at. Also 4 additional orange tinted transparent windows were inserted on the sides of the rickshaw where the old (very scratched) polycarbonate plates once stood, resulting in the rickshaw's passenger cabin being bathed in an amber orange light, creating colour therapy or light therapy for both passenger and driver alike!  
  • I removed the URL Solar Rickshaw.com stickers and retain tiny Solar Rickshaw lettering above the licence plate on the rickshaw's backside as the current city permit rules require until 1 April 2016 (tired of all the nincompoops coming up to me taking the piss "how is it solar, how is it solar, where is the solar panel?")
  • Suspension (anti-shock absorbers) in all 3 wheels
  • A door and windows sealable in cold or inclement weather
  • A back boot for luggage storage
  • A higher ceiling and increased inner space with thick foamed seating for ultimate passenger comfort
  • Hydraulic disc braking
  • Mega-strong frame reinforced with the strongest metals available for back and front axels and all other support structures, enabling the transport of up to 1000 kg (and perhaps more?)
  • A bright luminous fluorescent red or orange tint from the RAL colour system (Leuchthellrot RAL 3026 which is nearly identical to "Leuchtorange", RAL 2005), reducing the risk of collision due to the colour’s high degree of visibility even at great distances
  • A natural air conditioning system: as soon as the rickshaw is in motion, passengers feel a comfortable air current on their faces as a result of the aerodynamic interior design and numerous upper, middle, lower front and side openings
  • Passengers enjoy more bodily protection with the additional coverage of the cabin’s polyester fibre glass