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Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto revealed its quadricycle Qute at the 2012 Auto Expo. Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways approved the quadricycle as a vehicle category. Now, Autocar India reports that Bajaj Auto is planning to develop an electric version of the Qute.
Bajaj Auto has been working on the launch of Qute in the Indian market for a very long time, but due to various issues, the launch was delayed. But as per recent reports, the Bajaj Qute will be launched in the country sometime in 2019 and the Qute will be a commercial vehicle used for transportation.
Bajaj Auto has been exporting the Qute to several foreign markets despite not being able to launch the quadricycle in India. But now, Bajaj is working on completing the ARAI certification and clearance from the State Road Transport Offices. So, the Qute will be launched in states where it gets clearance earlier.
President of International Business, Bajaj Auto, Rakesh Sharma said that the Qute quadricycle will be initially launched with three powertrain options: petrol, CNG and LPG. At a later phase, Bajaj will also introduce an electric option. The electric version of the Qute will be ideal for urban transport.
The Bajaj Qute draws power from a 216.6cc single-cylinder petrol engine producing 13bhp and 19.6Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox and is capable of hitting a top speed of 70km/h. Bajaj Auto will also introduce a BS-VI engine when it is mandatory.
Bajaj Auto states that the Qute quadricycle has a potential to replace the three-wheelers in the country. But the company also believes that the Qute and the existing three-wheelers can co-exist as they differ in terms of performance and vehicle characteristics.
Thoughts On The Bajaj Qute Electric Version
The electric vehicles are said to be the future of mobility and major automakers are developing electric vehicles for the Indian market. Now, Bajaj also joins the bandwagon and plans to develop the electric version of the Qute. The Qute electric might be a hit in the urban areas as the charging network will be laid out in the coming years.