So, What Is A Tuk Tuk?
Also known as an auto-rickshaw, these vehicles that became popular in Southeast Asia have since made their way around the world. The three-wheeled, open-air vehicles are one of the most unique transportation methods and just continue to grow in popularity! Read on to learn more about the history of tuk tuks and how they fit perfectly into our day to day lives.
Tuks came into use around 1879 as a two or three-wheeled cart pulled by a person. These human powered versions are now known as rickshaws or pedicabs. The electric auto-rickshaws actually come from a factory in Amsterdam and are the only street legal version.
In the Modern World
Modern versions from Europe are eco-friendly vehicles and can be much larger than the original. Our larger tuks hold 6 passengers and can go from 70 to 100 miles per charge with our commercial-grade batteries. The most recent article from Smart Cities Dive highlights the modern electric rickshaw and how they are a key part of the micro-transit movement in our country. We recently partnered with Jacksonville Transportation Authority to offer a shuttle service in Downtown, Riverside, and Avondale. So, we are finally catching on to the trend that parts of Europe have had since the ’30s and we're not the only ones! Check out this full list of the best tours around the world from our friends at Tuk Tuk Ride Paris!
Other Ways To Use A Tuk Tuk
We have transformed one of our vehicles into a wonderful mobile bar for private and corporate events. We collaborated with a company in Colorado called Tuk Fab, Inc. to create our one of a kind masterpiece. In addition, they are being utilized for brewery tours, scavenger hunts, and much more in cities around the United States.
U.S. companies are at the forefront of providing fun and unique transportation options while helping to protect our environment. Stephanie Dale, our Chief Tuk’n Officer, says all of these factors are why she is obsessed with the eco-friendly vehicles with the funny little name of a “tuk tuk”. You too will become a raving Tuk’ee fan once you hop on board with Go Tuk’n!