Billionaire Bill Gates drives Mahindra Treo electric rickshaw in India [Video]

The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, recently left the netizens amused when he uploaded a video of himself driving a Mahindra Treo electric rickshaw. A video of Gates driving the electric rickshaw and checking out its features has gone viral on Instagram. The video has attracted the attention of several netizens, including Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of Mahindra Group.


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In the video uploaded by Bill Gates himself on his Instagram account, the billionaire is seen looking in the rearview mirror of the electric rickshaw in the beginning. He also asks a question – What has three wheels, zero emissions and makes no noise? The video then shows a complete glimpse of Mahindra Treo, an electric three-wheeled people mover.

Sharing a few features of the Mahindra Treo, Bill Gates is seen driving the electric rickshaw himself in a suit and tie, while praising Mahindra for his efforts. The video also has an interesting song playing in the background from an old Hindi movie, which has further amused the netizens, especially those belonging to India.

Bill Gates praised the efforts of Indian companies

Billionaire Bill Gates drives Mahindra Treo electric rickshaw in India [Video]

In the video, Bill Gates praised the efforts of inspiring Indian companies like Mahindra to the decarbonization of the transportation industry with new-age electric vehicles. By sharing the video, he also urged more industries, from agriculture to transportation, to promote zero-carbon emissions.

Since the video has been uploaded on Instagram, it has collected more than one million views and 66,000 ‘likes’. Many people showed their amusement at how a billionaire like Bill Gates is driving an electric rickshaw. The video even caught the attention of Anand Mahindra, who thanked Bill Gates for checking out the Treo electric rickshaw. He also requested Gates to participate in a three-wheeler EV drag race with him and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

The Mahindra Treo is one of the most affordable electric three-wheelers on sale in India. The Treo is offered in multiple body styles, including the people mover and cargo versions. The people mover version of the Mahindra Treo in the video uploaded by Bill Gates comes with a single motor setup, which produces 10 bhp of power and 42 Nm of torque.

The Treo is also offered with a 7.37 kWh battery pack, which claims a range of 141 km and takes 3 hours and 50 minutes for a full charger. Mahindra claims a top speed of 55 km/h for the Treo, which is capable of ferrying three people at a time.

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