June 13, 2019. Leading app-based cab aggregator Uber will start a compressed natural gas (CNG) run offering in partnership with Bajaj Auto only for Bengaluru, India, to make commuting more environmentally-friendly and affordable. The new offering termed UberXS will be exclusively run by the newly launched Bajaj Qute.
Uber’s riders will be able to see UberXS on the app from June 13 and it will be available in Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout and parts of Outer Ring Road to begin with.
Nandini Maheshwari, Head, Business Development, Uber India and South Asia, said the fares for this offering will be higher than an auto and lower than an Uber GO.
Bajaj Qute is a driver plus three passenger quadricycle, which is a four-wheeled motor vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car, a press release said. Uber said Qute’s low running cost makes it suitable for daily commuting and it’s easy to drive because of dash-mounted sequential shift gears.
Speaking on the tie-up, Nandini said, “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. This partnership is an extension of Uber’s commitment towards lowering transportation costs, enhancing asset utilization and improving rider convenience.”
While Qute comes with two fuel options- CNG and Petrol. All units available as UberXS rides will be powered by the eco-friendlier CNG fuel option, which provides a mileage of 43km/kg, Uber said.
Samardeep Subandh, Senior VP, Bajaj Auto, said, “Bajaj Qute is the first quadricycle of India. It will prove to be an ideal solution for the mobility challenges of congestion and pollution arising from rapid urbanization. Launched in both CNG and Petrol variant, the Qute is powered by a lightweight 216 cc 4-valve water-cooled DTSi engine with closed loop fuel injection system resulting in higher fuel efficiency”.