Srinagar: As part of the green tourism initiative, director tourism Kashmir Mahmood Shah on Friday launched Polaris Electric Vehicle Model Ranger at Zabarwan Park here. The vehicle is first of its kind in India.
According to a statement issued by Kashmir Motors, the Ranger EV has a 30HP machine with 4-5 seat carrying capacity and can climb a gradient of 45 degrees effortlessly with the average speed of 25-30 kmph. “The Ranger EV has the capacity to run upto 70-75 KMs on a single charge making it cost effective without carbon emission,” the statement added.
Shah, as per the statement, appreciated the efforts of the young entrepreneur Ufair Ajaz, vice president Kashmir Motors for the “innovative product mix for the tourism sector.”
Director tourism stressed that such eco-friendly vehicles can contribute a lot to the development of the state’s tourism and economy, as these vehicles can be used for conducting tours in the forest areas.
“The vehicle is totally eco-friendly cutting down heavily on the carbon foot prints and creating a balance of nature and technology,” said the statement, adding that the vehicle is noiseless and has a 4WD which can easily carry four tourist uphill without disturbing the environment.
Shah added that the vehicle can be used to ferry tourists uphill Shankaracharya temple.
He said the Ranger EV is being used by forest departments all across the world for various operations like forest patrolling, fire fighting, etc. “It has been noticed that by the use of these machines, even forests have been turned in to a revenue generation model en-cashing the tourist inflow towards national parks and forest safaris, which are still not present in Kashmir. But if the same be implemented, it can add a huge amount to the revenue of forests and also showcasing the eco-adventure of forest to the public,” he said.