All across Asia, over 100 million auto-rickshaws spew pollution into the air, contributing to global warming and harming the health of the drivers. Known as tuk-tuks, these small vehicles serve as the most important form of transportation for the bulk of the population. But soon, they’ll be far cleaner and more efficient thanks to a sustainable makeover by Dutch students.

The HAN’ds On Eco Tuk won the 2-stroke auto-rickshaw makeover competition held by Enviu, a Rotterdam-based sustainability organization, for its low emissions and remarkable fuel efficiency. Designed by students at the HAN University of Applied Sciences, the HAN’ds On Eco Tuk saves up to 26 percent of energy, 53 percent on fuel costs and only costs around $200. By transforming the auto-rickshaw’s two-stroke engine into a hybrid, they’ll increase the earning power of drivers as well.

The next challenge is to make the hybrid transition affordable for auto-rickshaw drivers across Asia. Enviu plans to set up a financial program that will do just that, with a goal of transforming 1 million tuk-tuks.

Enviu is known for creative eco-competitions. Their last project was ‘Sustainable Dance Club’, which began as an effort to prove that having fun and taking responsibility for our environmental impact can go hand in hand. The project involved a large party showcasing sustainable ideas and products that can be used in dance clubs across the world, attracting 1,200 clubbers. One notable product was the Sustainable Dance Floor, which captures energy produced by dancers and converts it into electricity.

Dutch students design the world's cleanest auto-rickshaw
HAN University of Applied Sciences students designed a hybrid auto-rickshaw that will lower CO2 emissions and raise the income of drivers in Asia.