The spokesperson for the Ministry of State for Military Production, Mohamed Bakr, announced a project to be implemented between the National Authority for Military Production and a private sector company to produce an alternative vehicle to replace tuk-tuks.
The car will be launched at the end of this year.
During a telephone interview on Friday with the Channel One program, Bakr said that the new vehicle will be powered by a dual-fuel engine with petrol and natural gas, as part of an ambitious plan to expand the use of natural gas as a fuel for cars.
This alternate vehicle is characterized by being suitable for narrow places and non-standard roads, he said, and can can travel a distance of up to 550km without refilling.
Bakr added that there is a possibility to work on producing the vehicle to be powered by an electric motor in the middle of next year.
The Minister of Military Production, Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Nevin Gamea, previously inspected a prototype of the vehicle at the headquarters of the Ministry of Military Production.
Al-Masry Al-Youm gathered some important details on the project:
- It comes within a proposed project to be implemented between the National Authority for Military Production and the “GB Auto Ghabbour” company.
- It is characterized by a low cost of transportation and operation, which makes it environmentally friendly.
- The vehicle works with a dual system engine (petrol/ natural gas).
- Its design shall shall be light with four tires.
- It travels up to 550 km without refilling (250 km of petrol and 300 km of natural gas)
- The vehicle will be produced to be powered by an electric motor in the middle of next year.
- The vehicle has obtained the European E-Mark certificate.
- The new vehicle also obtained the approval of the Egyptian General Authority for Standards and Quality.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm