Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - In capital, solar firm’s tuk-tuks hit the market

In capital, solar firm’s tuk-tuks hit the market

In capital, solar firm’s tuk-tuks hit the market

Australia-based energy company Star8 officially launched operations on Friday at its solar-powered factory just outside of Phnom Penh.

The ceremony marked the commencement of production on solar-powered tuk-tuks, the mainstay of the company.

Hun Many, the youngest son of Premier Hun Sen, and Alison Burrows, the Australian ambassador to Cambodia, attended the event, as did representatives from Coca-Cola, which has offered to initially subsidise the cost of some of the tuk-tuks.

“It is terrific to see people getting into energy efficiency as energy policy is very important for Cambodia,” Burrows said.

The tuk-tuks are expected to sell for between $2,500 to $4,000 depending on size and power. On average, they will be able to travel distances of up to 120 kilometres at a top speed of 50 kph after a full charge.

The Por Sen Chey district factory will employ up to 250 local staff and produce other solar-powered vehicles and products once it starts full-scale operations in May.

Burrows said the embassy was not directly backing the project, but she was optimistic about Star8’s plan to manufacture an array of environmentally friendly merchandise, including solar windows.

Asked if the embassy would consider installing solar windows, which the Star8 factory will manufacture, Burrows said it is a possibility.

“I’ll check on that.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not