IKEA opened its first store in India in August 2018 with the announcement that it will be delivering goods via solar-powered electric rickshaws. The solar-powered rickshaws will consist of 20 percent of the new store’s delivery fleet and are not only decorated in bright, multicolor prints, but will also be able to better navigate the country’s infamous traffic.
The IKEA India store is located in the southern city of Hyderabad where its electric rickshaws will be charged using 4,000 solar panels installed on the building roof. The excess solar power will be used to supply electricity for lighting and other uses inside the store. Currently, 90 percent of all IKEA stores worldwide use power generated from solar energy.
Electric vehicles are growing increasingly popular around the world, and India’s rickshaws have been subject to various designer’s updated proposals. The electric rickshaws will be charged at their store using 4,000 solar powers installed on the building’s roof with the excess electricity used to provide electricity for lighting and other uses inside the store. The India store is located in the southern city of Hyderabadd and is the first of 25 outlets the swedish furniture giant hopes to open by 2025 across the country of 1.25 billion people.
By Joanna Fu