Bajaj Qute: According to recent reports, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) India has allowed the production of latest transport which is known as the quadricycle. The Indian ministry has previously announced a information on the rules for quadricycles, including mass, radiation, and safety measurements. The latest quadricycle is all set to hit the roads as the Supreme Court has eventually confirmed the manufacturing of quadricycles which will be grouped as the latest vehicle section in India.
The first quadricycle will be offered by the well-known Indian automotive manufacturer, Bajaj Auto. They have recently introduced their most-awaited Qute in India. The vehicle was first showcased in 2012 Auto Expo held in the month of January. The company calls the latest quadricycle as RE60 which is sufficient for four passengers including the driver. Like the name Qute, it really looks adorable in many mesmerizing shades. It is a small vehicle with steering wheel and roof, although not exactly a car.
The quadricycle will be coming with a kerb weight, not more than 475kg. The company has thoroughly tested the vehicle in terms of safety and crash analyses which are necessary. It has also passed the emission tests which are developed for several engine options like petrol, diesel, CNG, LPG, hybrid and electric as well. The quadricycles are already available in Europe, but the Indian variant is said to be more convincing and tough when it comes to safety.
The quadricycle is 2752 mm longer, 1312 mm wider, and 1652 mm taller. The Wheel Base and Wheel Track are 1925 mm and 1143 mm, respectively. Qute will be equipped with a rear-mounted 216cc, water-cooled, single-cylinder petrol powertrain which will be combined with a powerful 4-speed manual transmission. The top speed claimed by the company remains at 70kph and a fuel economy of 35kpl. It highlights a storage capacity of 44-liters and 2+2 or 1+3 seat arrangements.
The company claims Qute, the world’s greenest 4-wheeler as it offers fuel efficiency of 36 km/liter of gasoline, releases just 66 gm of CO2 per km, 37 percent light-weight compared to other small cars, and contains 37 percent decreased carbon emission. So overall, it is an eco-friendly vehicle. Qute has faced many difficulties in its domestic market, however, the company managed to release the Qute in 11 foreign markets like Mexico and Peru to Sri Lanka and Indonesia. After the approval from the supreme court, the company is all set to launch the vehicle in 10 more countries by 2018.
In 2017 financial year, the company successfully sold 5,000 units of the Qute and after the launch in more countries, the sales might increase in 2018. The company has also decided to introduce the vehicle in India after a great struggle. In will be released at the end of 2018 in the country, an unsettled endorsement from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The model will be manufactured in the company’s Chakan factory with the three-wheelers. So they will still produce the auto-rikshaws like now.
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