The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word "Jinrikisha" (人力車, 人 jin = human, 力 riki= power or force, 車 sha = vehicle), which literally means "Human-powered vehicle"


Human-powered vehicle

The most common way to travel in old Japan. (Photograph from about 1900)

Fwd: Unseen Historical Pictures

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru walk to a Congress meeting while Sardar Patel is pulled alongside in arickshaw.

Crowd around Mahatma Gandhi in Simla, 1940. This was not achieved in a day!

Crowd around Mahatma Gandhi in Simla, 1940

Auto rickshaw

A Bajaj auto-rickshaw in India

Origin and Design

African and Indian three-wheelers have followed the original design of the Piaggio Ape C, from 1956,

which was originally based on the Vespa. In India,

1963 VBB Standard 150

Bajaj Auto produced under Piaggio license from 1959 to 1974.
Auto rickshaws of Southeast Asia started from the knockdown production of the DaihatsuMidget.
Daihatsu Midget
A Daihatsu Midget DA5 model1st generation Daihatsu Midget Model DKA
Production1957–1972, 1996–2002

Japan had been exporting three-wheelers to Thailand since 1934. Moreover, The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan donated about 20,000 used three-wheelers to Southeast Asia .In Japan, three-wheelers went out of use in the latter half of the 1960s.

Midget II

Midget II Cargo.

From 1996 to 2001, Daihatsu manufactured a four-wheeled kei Midget with four-wheel drive or air conditioning as options. As Kei cars, they were equipped with 660 cc engines.


Bajaj Auto

Bajaj Auto Limited is an Indian motorized vehicle-producing company. Bajaj Auto is a part of Bajaj Group. Its founded by Jamnalal Bajaj atRajasthan in the 1930s. It is based in Pune, Maharashtra

Bajaj Auto came into existence on 29 November 1945 as M/s Bachraj Trading Corporation Private Limited. It started off by selling imported two- and three-wheelers in India. In 1959, it obtained license from the Government of India to manufacture two- and three-wheelers

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