This man and his solar-powered tuk tuk have finally landed in the UK after an incredible 6,200 mile trip from India
Engineer Naveen Rabelli has finally reached Britain in his solar-powered tuk tuk after seven months on the road travelling through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and finally France.
Rabelli was actually meant to land in Dover five days ago – but his wallet and passport were stolen when he pulled up to go to the loo at a McDonald’s near Paris, so he had to apply for an emergency one.
“People love the tuk tuk, particularly in Iran and many other countries. They come forward and take selfies. And the moment I tell them it doesn’t require petrol their minds are blown.”
He got the idea of converting a fuel-based tuk tuk to renewable energy when he and a friend were stuck in busy traffic in India and were surrounded by noisy, polluting tuk tuks.
But possibly the strangest thing he experienced was smoking horse dung in Iran after being told it was a good sore throat remedy.
Hmm, we’ll probably stick to the cough drops to be honest.