San-Francisco-based cab aggregator Uber has tied up with Bajaj automobiles to launch a new segment, UberXS, in India. Uber will operate a fleet of quadricycle, Bajaj Qute, from Thursday. As of now, the services will be only available in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
“We are delighted to partner with one of India’s most-trusted names, Bajaj Auto, to launch Bajaj Qute on UberXS in Bengaluru. At Uber, we constantly work towards transforming the mobility landscape of cities, with technology at the heart of our solutions,"YourStory quoted Nandini Maheshwari, business development head, Uber India and South Asia, as saying.
Qute is India’s first quadricycle. It runs on both petrol and CNG and weighs less than 450 kg. Qute delivers 35km mileage and hit a maximum speed of 70kmph. At a turning radius of 3.5 m, the car can easily negotiate traffic bottlenecks.
"This partnership is an extension of Uber’s commitment towards lowering transportation costs, enhancing asset utilisation and improving rider convenience," Maheshwari added.
Bajaj is also in talks with Uber’s rival Ola for a partnership. Last March, Ola had launched Bajaj autos in the UK to take on Uber.
“Bajaj Qute is the first quadricycle in India. It will prove to be an ideal solution for the mobility challenges of congestion and pollution arising from rapid urbanisation. Launched in both CNG and Petrol variant, the Qute is powered by a lightweight 216 CC four-valve water-cooled DTSi engine with closed loop fuel injection system resulting in higher fuel efficiency,” Samardeep Subandh, senior VP, Bajaj Auto said.
Qute carries ex showroom price (UP) of about Rs 2.66 lakh (petrol, commercial) & Rs 2.86 lakh (CNG, commercial).
The vehicle was first unveiled in September 2015. Bajaj Qute meets Euro III/IV emission standards. The company is also working on its electric variant.