Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Are Rickshaws The Answer To America’s Gas Crisis?

BUDAPEST, Hungary (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Gas guzzling SUVs will soon be a thing of America’s past if one rickshaw rider gets her way.

That’s the fuel philosophy of Hungary-based rickshaw rider Nona Varnado, who says the human-powered carts are not only great for the environment, but are the perfect solution for families affected by the current spikes in gas prices.

She explains, “They make a lot of sense because they’re cheap to maintain and fuel. Anyone with zero mechanical inclination can learn to fix and maintain one without difficulty.”

Another plus: The three-wheeled carriage gets up to 82 miles to the gallon.

Varnado figures it might be a while for people in the U.S. to fully embrace the advantages of driving a rickshaw, so she and 50 other likeminded people are heading to Chennai, India, on Friday (Aug. 1) for the 3rd Annual Rickshaw Challenge.

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