Only in India, you might come across some exotic and weird means of transport. Come on, let’s see what they are.
1. Tempo Hanseat
You can meet this vehicle in the countryside of India. People use it to transport passengers and stuff. This vehicle was created by Force Motors (Bajaj Tempo) in the 1960s but it’s commonplace on Indian roads nowadays as well. In the front, it has got one wheel. Above it, a two-stroke engine is placed, which produces 20 bhp.
2. Hindustan Trekker
Hindustan Trekker is a minivan, manufactured by Hindustan Motors with some auto parts remained from the Hindustan Ambassador production. It was created to meet the needs of India of a means of transport that could off-road. The car is fitted with a ladder-frame chassis. It has the same steering, engine, lights, and suspension system as Ambassador has and is powered by an Isuzu diesel engine.
3. Hindustan Veer
Hindustan Ambassador proved its efficiency on the Indian roads; therefore, Hindustan Motors decided to exploit the platform and produced a pick-up, called Hindustan Veer, launched in 2011. It is a small commercial vehicle, having a capacity of 800 kgs.
4. Sipani Badal
Badal is translated as “cloud” from Hindi. This vehicle seems to be the most exotic car in India. It was made in 1975 by Sipani Automobiles Ltd., an Indian car manufacturer, nestled in Bangalore. The car was founded on the Reliant Robin. Sipani Badal had three wheels (for the first time in India) and a fiberglass body.
5. Tata Spacio
This vehicle is a Tata Sumo version. But it is geared more for carrying people. The car is still driven by police in some regions. Tata Spacio is quite popular being sold actively on Indian car dealerships.
6. Mahindra Gio
Mahindra Gio is created as a small and practical four-wheel truck. It has got a payload of 510 kg and is widely used to transport goods and people as well. The car can be employed as a 6-seater. Gio has got a single-cylinder direct injection diesel engine.
“Jugaad” is a colloquial Hindi word meaning “non-traditional innovation, improvisation”. It is also the name of a low-cost vehicle in India, that has got variations in different regions. They are used to carry loads and passengers and are often powered by motorcycle engines or engines meant to power irrigation pumps. They are equipped with bad brakes and have a maximum speed of 60 km per hour.
E-rickshaws (electric rickshaws) are mostly employed to transport people for short distances. In big cities they are considered to be an exotic means of transport for tourists, carrying them from metro stations to popular tourist locations. Their maximum speed is about 25 km per hour.
A 6-seater is a type of rickshaw as well, being really unsafe for passengers. However, it is widely used as it comes in handy in the regions without public transport, and believe it, there is a great number of such places in India. It is also utilized for goods transportation.