Wednesday, 04. March 2015
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There are no buses, no taxis and no rickshaws to take the granddaughters of Wei Guirong to school in China.
So the talented pensioner decided to make them their own vehicle out of wood. Now kindergarten twins Tien and Yuan, aged 5, are the envy of the nursery as they pull up for classes every day in the 'Woodmobile'.
Wei, 66, made the electric wooden vehicle at his home in Luorong township in Liuzhou city in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. He looks after the children before and after school as the girls' parents are busy at work.
"It's a three mile trip to school and that's a lot for little ones to do twice a day," said Wei. "So I decided to go into the automobile business myself and make their own transport for them.
"I would carry them if I could but it is too much, so this is the next best solution. They are so happy and proud to turn up each day being driven in their own car. I don't care if people say they are spoilt. What are children for if not to spoil?"
The cab is made from camphor wood. The engine, the tyres and the wiring are all conventional but the wooden chassis makes it lighter than other similar vehicles and it can go further between charge-ups.
He added: "It doesn't go very fast and so I am not too concerned about the safety issue."
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