Visitors to Camana Bay may notice a rather odd-looking three-wheeled vehicle traversing the Town Centre these days.
Welcome to the eTuk, or tuk-tuk as it’s more commonly known throughout the world. Its design originates from an old-fashioned pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw popular in Asia since the 19th century. A tuk-tuk is essentially a rickshaw with a small engine — an auto rickshaw. Today, tuk-tuks are a popular mode of transport for short distances in many cities due to their energy efficiency and striking — and often quirky — appearance.
Tuk-tuks can be powered by gasoline, compressed natural gas or electricity. Camana Bay’s two tuk-tuks are eTuks, which mean they are 100 per cent electric. The eTuks, which will be used as courtesy shuttles for office staff who park in the perimeter surface parking lots to the west and south of the Town Centre, will provide passengers with a fun, eco-friendly and comfortable ride from their car to the front door of their office building in the mornings, evenings and lunchtimes.
In between peak times, visitors can thumb a ride or arrange an organised tour of the Town Centre at the Camana Bay Visitor Centre. The eTuks, which can carry up to six people plus a driver, have enough power to go over the Rise with a full load of passengers. They will be driven by members of Camana Bay’s security team, who can throw in some interesting facts for visitors about Camana Bay along the way.
“This is just one of the many alternative transportation options that we are exploring to lessen our reliance on cars as a community,” said Marvin Cox, property portfolio manager for Dart Real Estate. “Other options include car sharing and the Camana Bikes programme, which was piloted earlier this year. The eTuks are perfect for Camana Bay, being 100 per cent electric and offering low operating and maintenance costs.”
Camana Bay staff will be testing the eTuks over the next few months to evaluate customer experience and performance, including battery capacity.
The vehicles are fully licensed and can be driven on roads up to a top speed of 25 miles per hour, leaving the option open for Dart Real Estate to use the vehicles to shuttle guests between the various properties in its portfolio.
“The eTuks are full of personality,” said Cox, “and as such we think they deserve to be named something fun. We would love the readers of Camana Bay Times to submit ideas.”
Email your suggestions to [email protected] and keep your eyes peeled for the next issue when we will announce the winning names.