A company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than a century — aims to make inroads in the United States.

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DENVER — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing.

Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than a century and go by many other names in Asia, Africa and Latin America — aims to make inroads in the United States.

The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver-based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle.

The company’s founders hope the eco-friendly vehicles, a far cry from the loud, pollution-spewing versions common in Asia and South America, will become the next hip mode of transportation for urban dwellers and tourists across the country.

It’s too soon to know if Americans will embrace tuk-tuks, but Michael Fox, director of sales and marketing for eTuk USA, says the company has been selling the vehicles to individuals, marketing companies and food vendors for $16,950 to $25,000, depending on how they are customized.

The three partners’ other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle service in downtown Denver after receiving approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which regulates for-hire transportation services.

The service is the latest to enter an increasingly crowded field of transportation options that includes pedicabs, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, and golf-cart taxis.

Fox is banking on the tuk-tuk’s open-air design to help it stand out.

“When you look at a golf cart and you look at a tuk-tuk, which has more curb appeal?” he asked.

But like ride-hailing services, the tuk-tuk has faced some pushback from cab companies and shuttle operators over the its safety.

Terry Bote, a commission spokesman, said those companies have been successful in restricting where the tuk-tuks can operate and how many passengers each can carry. The tuk-tuks operate mostly in a limited downtown area and are banned from providing scheduled service to the Denver Broncos football stadium, a lucrative destination for the competition. But even with the limits, Fox said his service can complement Denver’s bus and light rail systems.