Entrepreneur Ahmed Saeed el-Feki has created Egypt's first-ever locally made minicar.
"We decided to think outside the box and create a local product to replace the Tuk Tuk," el-Feki said.
In a country that relies heavily on imports, currently suffering under significant economic hardships, el-Feki has managed to set up a small workshop for his project, not far from the Giza Pyramids.
"The minicar's engine power is 300cc, while the Tuk Tuk's is 175cc. The body thickness is 4mm while the Tuk Tuk is only 0.75mm," AP reports.
Additionally, the minicar is safer and consumes less fuel than the traditional Tuk Tuk.
"The minicar is similar to the Tuk Tuk but I feel it is more practical when I drive it inside my village," Hossam Gamal el-Halawany, who bought one of the vehicles, said. He pointed out that it can also easily carry more passengers.
In addition to these advantages, the minicar is also cheaper. Currently, el-Feki is selling them for 34,000 Egyptian pounds ($1, 907). The Tuk Tuk retails at 38,000 Egyptian ($2,130 dollars).
El-Feki has been producing 30 to 40 of the small vehicles every month, just by building them with his own hands. Now, as demand grows – both locally and even from abroad – he has reached a deal to produce some of the vehicle's parts in an Army run factory.
Although a businessman approached El-Feki offering to manufacture the vehicle in Mozambique, El-Feki declined. He wants his business venture to benefit Egypt to the max, creating jobs and helping the local economy.
He said it's his dream to help support his country through the endeavor.